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Grading Week 2 performances of NFL's next generation of QBs

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Reading reviews of other QBs is left as exercise for students

 

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/from-lamar-jackson-to-mason-rudolph-grading-week-2-performances-of-nfls-next-generation-of-quarterbacks/

Josh Allen, Bills

After taking a sack and going three and out on his first possession of the game, Allen settled in nicely for Buffalo, as he led three-straight touchdown drives (of 70, 75, and 98 yards). Buffalo's offensive front had troubles early, but the second-year quarterback managed the pressure well by getting the ball out quickly underneath, scrambling only as a last resort, and, while on the run, he found rookie tight end Dawson Knox on an outstanding throw near the sideline through tight coverage. 

Allen missed John Brown deep for a what would've been a walk-in touchdown late in the first quarter, but made up for the miss to a certain degree by finding the speedy wideout a few plays later on a drop back in which calmly stood inside the pocket and got beyond his first read before throwing a strike for the first down. 

He had another instance of high-level pocket management and progression reading inside his own 10 in the second quarter, two elements of his game he rarely showcased as a rookie. With the two-touchdown lead in the third quarter, Buffalo went run-heavy, and Allen wasn't asked to do much. But after the Giants made it 21-14 in the fourth, Allen led a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that featured a 12-yard completion to Brown and an improvisational throw on the run -- similar to the connection to Knox in the first half -- in which he juked an oncoming defender and zipped a fastball into Brown's hands for a 17-yard gain on a crucial third down. 

There were some instances in which Allen looked a bit panicked inside the pocket, but they were clearly outweighed by the instances in which he stoically surveyed from between the tackles, and there weren't any major accuracy issues. Allen built off his Week 1 effort. 

Grade: B+

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Thanks for posting this.  Nice to see Josh getting some objectively positive press.

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That's a pretty fair, accurate article.  Allen continues to look better than last year.  He's gonna have a bad game sooner or later, so we shouldn't be too crazy when it happens, but for now it's nice watching him grow.

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seems non biased and accurate... I hope more of these are available as the season rolls along (win or lose)

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Thank you for posting - seems like a fair assessment. 

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10 hours ago, Utah John said:

That's a pretty fair, accurate article.  Allen continues to look better than last year.  He's gonna have a bad game sooner or later, so we shouldn't be too crazy when it happens, but for now it's nice watching him grow.

This strikes me as a chicken little Bills fanesque sentiment. Who says he has to have a bad game. Maybe he continues to progress like you would like to see? Sure, he may have a down game but hopefully shouldn’t be anything like reverting back to his rookie bad game form. 

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I never saw him panicked in the pocket.

 

He gets an A- from me. Only thing to change is the missed deep ball to Brown.

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