Allen said Tuesday that his throwing elbow, which was injured last season and caused him to miss four games, is perfectly fine entering offseason workouts, The Buffalo News reports. "No, no consideration. Obviously in the offseason, I met with PT and go over everything because it compounds throughout the season. Every player has those types of feels that after the season, you want to let your body rest and recover and do some physical therapy. I did some therapy on it for the first couple weeks, and after that I started throwing. No problems at all."
Not only is Allen's health in good order, but the weak Buffalo offense got a major boost with the Bills heavily active 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. Not that this makes the Bills the 2000 Rams, but given Allen's strong running ability (631 and a whopping eight rushing scores), if the team can just get a decent passing game going it would make the second-year QB quite the dynamic fantasy play.
General manager Brandon Beane confirmed this week that Allen's shoulder injury -- one that sidelined him for four games -- has completely healed and should not have any impact on his offseason work, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Allen also ended the season with a bang, throwing for three scores while running in another two in a big performance against the Dolphins, one that earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. While the big-armed rookie certainly had his ups and downs, he'll enter his second season with plenty of fantasy promise based on his ability to pick up rushing points like Cam Newton or Russell Wilson. His accuracy still needs some work and may always be an issue, while the Bills would benefit by getting more offensive talent around him; however, the passing-running combination (Allen rushed for 631 yards and eight scores this season) makes him an intriguing option for next season. It'll be fun and interesting to see how the new generation of quarterbacks like Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson get slotted 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.
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