Allen noted Tuesday that his throwing elbow feels perfectly fine entering offseason workouts, The Buffalo News reports. "No, no consideration. Obviously in the offseason, I met with [a physical trainer] to go over everything because it compounds throughout the season," Allen said. "I did some therapy on [the elbow] for the first couple weeks, and after that I started throwing. No problems at all."
Allen missed four straight games with an elbow injury before returning to start the final six contests of his rookie season. Not only is Allen's health in good order, but the weak Buffalo offense received a major boost this offseason with the Bills getting heavily involved in free agency and making most of their moves on that side of the ball. Allen's line should be improved, while players like John Brown, Cole Beasley, Tyler Kroft and Frank Gore give the offense more zest. Given Allen's strong running ability (631 and a whopping eight rushing scores in 2018), the second-year signal-caller would be quite the dynamic fantasy play if the team can establish a more respectable passing game.
General manager Brandon Beane confirmed this week that the shoulder injury that sidelined Allen for four games during his rookie season has completely healed and should not have any impact on the quarterback's offseason work, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Allen validated his health by concluding the season with a bang, throwing for three scores while running in another two in a big win over the Dolphins, taking home AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. While the big-armed Allen certainly had his ups and downs, he'll enter his second season with plenty of fantasy promise based on his ability to churn out yardage and scores on the ground. His accuracy still needs some work and may always be an issue, and the Bills would benefit by getting more offensive talent around him. Even with only modest offseason personnel changes, however, Allen's dual-threat abilities -- he rushed for 631 yards and eight scores this season -- would be enough to make him an intriguing option for next season.
Allen completed 17 of 26 passes for 224 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 42-17 win over Miami. He also rushed nine times for 95 yards and two touchdowns, finishing his rookie campaign with 2,074 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions through the air, along with 89 carries for 631 yards and eight touchdowns.
Allen was drafted in the first round thanks to his tremendous physical gifts, but his prolific rushing totals significantly surpassed expectations. If he ever figures out how to also pass effectively, the big-armed quarterback would become one of the most dangerous fantasy options at his position. Buffalo's goals this offseason should focus on surrounding Allen with significantly greater talent on offense.
Allen completed 20 of 41 passes for 217 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while rushing five times for 30 yards in Sunday's 24-12 loss to New England.
The Patriots didn't give Allen much room to run, and his inaccurate arm couldn't move the offense through the air. Allen's stats in this one were bolstered by a 31-yard, garbage time touchdown to Zay Jones with 1:08 remaining, but he struggled mightily while the result was still in question. Owners who started to look Allen's way due to his deceptively strong play with his legs will need to hope he finds more running room against the Dolphins in Week 17, as the rookie still doesn't look NFL-ready when it comes to throwing the ball.
Allen completed 13 of 26 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown while adding 16 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Sunday's 14-13 win over Detroit.
Allen continued to do damage with his legs, finding paydirt on a three-yard scramble in the second quarter. His atrocious supporting cast got even worse as the game wore on, as the Bills were already without their top two running backs and also lost fill-in starter Marcus Murphy to a dislocated elbow. The lack of running backs didn't stop Allen from delivering a 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster to take a 14-13 lead with 10:26 remaining, and the score didn't change from there. Owners who look Allen's way against the Patriots in Week 16 will be doing so because of his rushing ability, since the rookie still has a long way to go just to become an average passer.
Allen completed 18 of 36 passes for 206 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Jets. He also rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, in addition to losing a fumble.
Allen capped the opening drive with a six-yard rushing touchdown en route to 87 first-half rushing yards. The athletic rookie has bolstered his fantasy stock by piling up 335 yards on the ground over the past three games, but he's also averaging fewer than 200 passing yards and has more interceptions than touchdowns through the air over that span, leaving much to be desired with his play under center. Buffalo didn't draft Allen with the expectation of immediate NFL-readiness, so he remains a high-ceiling dynasty prospect despite his current passing struggles. The Bills will host the Lions in Week 15.
Allen completed 18 of 33 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Bills' 21-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also completed a two-point conversion pass, rushed nine times for 135 yards and fumbled once, although it was recovered by the offense.
The rookie was spectacular with his legs, leading all rushers in ground yards by a comfortable margin while also putting up the second-highest passing yardage total of his career. The 22-year-old connected with Zay Jones for touchdown passes of 15 and 25 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively, while also hooking up with the receiver for a two-point conversion pass subsequent to the latter score. Allen continually moved the chains with his legs, and he nearly allowed the Bills to pull off a sizable upset by buying time and finding Charles Clay all alone in the end zone on a fourth-down play with 1:05 remaining. Although that pass fell just short, Allen certainly provided Bills fans and brass with plenty of reason for optimism with respect to his increasing comfort level under center. He'll look to build on Sunday's effort in a divisional clash against the Jets in Week 14.
Allen completed eight of 19 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown and added 99 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries during Sunday's 24-21 win over the Jaguars. He fumbled once, but the ball stayed with the offense.
Allen did the bulk of his damage with his legs, but nobody is going to forget the 75-yard javelin-toss that he hit Robert Foster with late in the first quarter, putting Buffalo up by two scores early. It's hard to see what Allen's ceiling is this season for the Bills as there isn't a ton of talent along the line or at the skill positions. Still, a few highlight-reel plays against a stingy Jacksonville defense in his first game back is a strong start. Next up is another tough test, a Miami defense ranked in the top 12 in the league in opponent passer rating.
Allen (elbow) will start Sunday's game versus the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
A confirmed full practice participant all week, Allen has done enough to get the all-clear from coach Sean McDermott, who said Friday that the rookie would "start Sunday as long as he gets through today." As he prepares for his first game action since Week 6, Allen will be backed up by Matt Barkley after Derek Anderson (concussion) was ruled out yet again.
Head coach Sean McDermott said Friday morning that Allen (elbow) will start Sunday against the Jaguars "as long as he gets through (Friday's practice)" without issue.
Allen has practiced fully all week, so McDermott's comments simply reaffirm he will be back under center in Week 12 barring any setbacks at Friday's session. His status will be confirmed when the Bills release their final injury report of the week after practice concludes.
Allen (elbow) was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday.
According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com, coach Sean McDermott wouldn't fully commit Wednesday to Allen taking back the starting role in Week 12, though it would be a major surprise if that didn't happen. So long as the rookie incurs no setbacks with his right elbow in practices Thursday and Friday, the Bills should clear him to play for the first time since Oct. 14. Though Matt Barkley led the Bills to a 41-10 win over the Jets in Week 10, Buffalo is more incentivized to use what remains of its 2018 schedule to get Allen meaningful in-game reps.
Coach Sean McDermott said that Allen (elbow) will put in a full practice Monday and is on track to start the Bills' Week 12 game against the Jaguars, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
McDermott stressed that the coaching staff is taking it "one day at a time" with the rookie as he works back from a sprained right elbow, but Allen's full participation in practice coming out of the Bills' bye week offers further reassurance that he's trending positively in his recovery. Since the Bills won't release their first injury report of Week 12 until Wednesday, Allen will retain a designation for the time being, but the signal-caller looks poised to put a four-game absence to an end. The Bills used three different starting quarterbacks (Derek Anderson, Nathan Peterman and Matt Barkley) while Allen was out, with Barkley the only one of the lot to turn in a credible performance. Peterman has since been released, while Anderson remains in the NFL's concussion protocol as of Monday.
Head coach Sean McDermott said Monday that Allen (elbow), if healthy, will return to the starting lineup Week 12 following Buffalo's Week 11 bye.
Allen has been out of commission since Week 6 due to an elbow injury. With Derek Anderson (concussion) also unavailable and Nathan Peterman getting benched after throwing three picks against Chicago, the Bills turned to veteran Matt Barkley to command the offense for Sunday's 41-10 demolition of the Jets. However, despite Barkley's impressive play, Buffalo is still committed to Allen's development, and it's now clear that the rookie will get as many reps as his health will allow. Fortunately, McDermott said that Allen has resumed throwing and is making progress in his recovery, which suggests Allen has decent odds of making a return when the Bills reconvene for a Week 12 game against Jacksonville.
Coach Sean McDermott says he's undecided on his Week 12 starting quarterback after Allen's (elbow) teammate Matt Barkley led the Bills to a surprise win Sunday over the Jets, Kyle Silagyi of the Bills' official site reports. "Yeah, give me some time here on that," McDermott said. "We'll reassess [Monday] when we get in and look at the film. I'm just proud of the guys, really, the way they battled [Sunday]. The week before the bye, in particular, to be focused and come out with that type of energy says a lot about them."
Allen, who's now missed four games after suffering an elbow injury in the Week 6 loss to the Texans, was close to being ready for Sunday's start, but the team decided to play it safe and roll with the journeyman Barkley, who tossed for 232 yards and two touchdowns (no interceptions) with an impressive 9.3 yards per attempt. Make no mistake, Allen is the long-term starter, but the Buffalo offense showed a spark for one of the only times all season Sunday, with Barkley looking more polished than anyone could have expected in his first start in nearly two seasons. It'll be interesting to see how the Bills manage the practice reps over the bye leading up to a Week 12 matchup against the Jaguars, though one thing's for sure -- Derek Anderson (concussion) and Nathan Peterman won't be starting again anytime soon.
Allen (elbow) is expected to return following the Bills' Week 11 bye, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Allen maintained a limited listing on Bills injury reports all week, earning a "questionable" tag Friday. Just one day later, though, the Bills ruled out the rookie signal-caller due to his sprained right elbow. Allen will join Derek Anderson (concussion) on the inactive list Sunday against the Jets, giving Matt Barkley a chance to start for the first time since 2016, with Nathan Peterman acting as the backup. Allen will use the upcoming bye to get even healthier in order to make an appearance Nov. 25 versus the Jaguars.
Allen (elbow) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Allen managed to practice in a limited capacity all week and was initially listed as questionable following Friday's practice, but the rookie signal-caller evidently isn't healthy enough to start Sunday's game, or at least the Bills don't want to put their franchise quarterback at risk with a bye coming up. This opens the door for the recently-signed Matt Barkley to make his first NFL start since 2016. Nathan Peterman is expected to act as Barkley's backup while Allen will aim to return to action Week 12 against Jacksonville.
Allen (elbow) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road game against the Jets.
Allen was a limited practice participant all week, marking his first activity since spraining his right throwing elbow Week 6. With a "questionable" tag for the Bills' upcoming visit to New York, he has a chance to return, though coach Sean McDermott told Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com that the rookie's health is paramount, suggesting his status will come down to a game-time decision. The Bills have ruled out Derek Anderson (concussion), so the remaining quarterback options for this contest -- if Allen sits out one more game -- are the uninspiring Nathan Peterman and Matt Barkley.
Head coach Sean McDermott said Friday morning that Allen (elbow) will be limited at the Bills' final practice session of the week, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Allen will get some work in for the third straight day, which bodes well for his chances of returning to action this week. However, McDermott did not commit to Allen starting just yet, and indicated the focus remains on Allen's health. Fellow quarterback Derek Anderson (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 10, so if Allen remains sidelined, either Nathan Peterman or even Matt Barkley, according to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com, will get the nod instead.
Allen (elbow) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
According to Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic, Allen continued to sport a protective brace over his sprained right elbow, which has kept him out of action the last two games. There seems to be more optimism about Allen's health this week after he was able to practice on back-to-back days in limited fashion, leaving the door open for him to potentially start Sunday against the Jets. In order for that to be realistic, however, Allen will likely need to fit in more work in full team drills, as he was only going through individual positional work during the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, per Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo. If neither Allen nor Derek Anderson (concussion) -- who didn't participate in practice Thursday -- is cleared to play this weekend, Nathan Peterman would likely be in store for another start.
After practicing in limited fashion Wednesday, Allen (elbow) relayed that he's "still taking it day to day" as Sunday's game against the Jets approaches, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "Just trying to work [through] if there's any soreness or stiffness and just trying to get back in the swing of playing football again," Allen said. "I was limited at practice, but it felt good throwing the ball."
Per Brown, Allen "appears to have an outside chance at returning to the lineup Sunday." That implies the Bills will take a cautious approach with him, which makes sense with a Week 11 bye looming. Meanwhile, fellow signal-caller Derek Anderson remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and didn't practice Wednesday, leaving the struggling Nathan Peterman as the team's top healthy option at the position.
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