Allen has looked noticeably bigger and stronger in the upper body in recent videos posted by his quarterbacks coach, Jordan Palmer, The Buffalo News reports. Said Palmer, " "It's muscle. He's in crazy shape and spinning it great."
Allen has always been a physical specimen, which has helped make up for some of his longstanding accuracy issues, but the reports show he looks even more chiseled even though the quarterback says he's only gained three pounds this offseason. The Bills have actually gone on record saying they'd prefer their franchise QB runs less going forward, but the bottom line is he's a handful to bring down and you'll get a bonus in rushing yards and even goal-line carries if you use him. Allen is not without his flaws and there's a pretty good debate as to whether he stacks up with other top young starters around the league, but if you're on the "pro" side of the argument, this is probably a good season to get ahead of the curve. He posted a 20:9 TD:INT ratio last season, perhaps not great, but when you add in his 510 rushing yards and nine TDs on the ground to go with a six percent increase in completion percentage (59 vs. 53 in his rookie season), it's easy to see that things are starting to click. Add in familiarity with Brian Daboll's offense and the addition of Stefon Diggs, and there's a chance Allen posts a big fantasy season, even if he does come with more risk than others.
Allen picked up a dangerous new target Monday when the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs from the Vikings.
Allen and the Bills continue to trend up following a playoff season where the quarterback threw for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns while running for 510 yards and nine scores. Diggs and John Brown should work as some sort of 1A/1B combo, while Cole Beasley remains one of the more effective slot guys in the league. Add a potential pass-catching feature back in Devin Singletary to the mix along with a tight end with decent upside in Dawson Knox, and Allen should have plenty of weapons to continue improving his numbers as he gains more experience.
Allen completed 24 of 46 pass attempts for 264 yards, adding 92 rushing yards on nine attempts and catching one pass for 16 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's AFC wild-card loss to the Texans.
Allen got off to a strong start with both his arm and legs, capping off an impressive opening drive with a touchdown reception on a trick play. The second-year quarterback regressed in the second half, making some questionable decisions that allowed Houston to catch up and eventually win the game in overtime. Overall, Allen took a step forward as a passer this year (59 percent completion rate, 3,089 passing yards, 20:9 TD:INT) after a mediocre showing in that department his rookie season. The 23-year-old will look to further improve from the pocket as he leads Buffalo's strong supporting cast toward another potential playoff run in 2020.
Allen completed three of five passes for five yards before being replaced by Matt Barkley in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets.
Allen didn't get the entire season finale off like some other prominent Bills starters, but he only played two drives before leaving the contest to keep him healthy for the postseason. The second-year quarterback wisely didn't attempt to make any plays with his legs, finishing the regular season with 3,089 yards and a 20:9 TD:INT through the air, as well as 510 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. Allen will need to bring his A-game in his first career playoff appearance next week, as the Bills will be underdogs in Houston.
Coach Sean McDermott expects "a majority" of the Bills starters, including Allen, to play Week 17 against the Jets, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.
Allen and the Bills are already locked in as the AFC's No. 5 playoff seed, so any playing time received by the starters is likely just a means of keeping the rust off ahead of the postseason. With that being said, backup quarterback Matt Barkley could get significant snaps during Week 17's matchup depending on how much Allen ends up playing.
Allen completed 13 of his 26 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 16 loss to the Patriots. He also added seven carries for 43 yards.
Allen failed to produce much in the first half, compiling only 80 total yards and one touchdown through two quarters. However, he connected for several long completions thereafter, highlighted by a 53-yard touchdown pass to John Brown halfway through the third quarter. As has become the norm, Allen also produced with his legs, surpassing 40 rushing yards for the fourth time in his last six games. With the AFC East now out of reach and a wild-card berth locked up, it remains to be seen how much Allen will be on the field in Week 17 against the Jets.
Allen completed 13 of 25 pass attempts for 139 yards, a touchdown and an interception while adding 28 yards and a rushing touchdown on seven carries in Sunday's 17-10 win over Pittsburgh.
It was a classic Allen game from start to finish as he flashed inaccuracies while also making plays when it mattered with both his arm and legs to lead the team to another win. From a fantasy perspective, the strong-armed quarterback doesn't put up gaudy enough passing numbers to warrant "must-start" status, and he usually needs to make some noise with his legs -- as he did with a rushing touchdown Sunday -- to post a big line. Allen may struggle to post a big fantasy game against the tough Patriots defense next week in a Saturday matchup.
Allen completed 17 of 39 pass attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Ravens.
Allen completed just 44 percent of his attempts en route to a miserable average of 3.7 yards per attempt. He also took six sacks on the day and his mark of nine rushing yards was his lowest of the season. On a positive note, Allen managed to avoid throwing an interception for the seventh time in the last eight games, though he did lose a fumble in the contest. He will face a tough task as he looks to get back on track next Sunday against the Steelers.
Allen completed 19 of 24 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown while gaining 43 rushing yards and another TD on 10 carries in Thursday's 26-15 win over the Cowboys.
With the Bills' defense keeping Dak Prescott in check, Allen was able to settle in and get comfortable, and he set season highs in completion percentage and YPA while scampering for his eighth rushing score of the year. Since Buffalo's Week 6 bye, Allen has turned a corner as a passer and posted a sharp 11:1 TD:INT through seven games, giving him plenty of momentum heading into next week's clash with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Allen completed 15 of 25 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 20-3 win over Denver. He added 56 yards on nine carries.
Allen relied heavily on his legs during the first half, converting a pair of third downs with long, scrambling runs. He was able to make more of a difference with his arm in the second half, including a game-sealing shot down the sideline to John Brown for a 34-yard touchdown to put the contest out of reach in the fourth quarter. Allen airmailed one second-quarter pass to snap a five-game interception-less streak, but overall, he's been a low-risk, solid reward quarterback since an uneven first month to the season. After responding relatively well to a tough test versus Denver, Allen and the Bills face a quick turnaround against a top-10 pass defense in Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Allen completed 21 of 33 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns and added 56 yards and a touchdown on seven runs during Sunday's 37-20 win over Miami.
After throwing two first-half touchdowns, Allen decided to get in on the action himself midway through the third quarter, scrambling outside and finding the edge for an eight-yard touchdown, his seventh rushing score of the season. Allen enjoyed a career-high 117.7 quarterback rating Sunday and accounted for four touchdowns for just the second time of his career. Perhaps most importantly for Buffalo's hopes of getting to the playoffs, the sophomore quarterback has been more careful with the football, now going five consecutive games without an interception. Prior to the streak, his previous career high was back-to-back games without a pick. Next up is a top-five Denver defense that got bit late by Minnesota in Week 11.
Allen completed 22 of 41 pass attempts for 266 yards while rushing six times for 28 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Browns.
Allen's struggles with his accuracy continued, as he completed just 54 percent of his attempts on the day. He still managed to set a new career high in passing yardage thanks to some big plays while scoring rushing touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters to keep his team in the game. Allen has now accounted for two total touchdowns in each of the last five games, and he's turned the ball over just twice in that span. He'll look to continue his recent success next Sunday against the Dolphins.
Allen completed 14 of his 20 pass attempts, accounting for 160 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 24-9 win against the Redskins. He also carried the ball eight times for 12 yards and a touchdown while fumbling twice, though neither was recovered by Washington.
Sunday's performance marks the third time this year, and the seventh time since the start of last year, that Allen has tallied both a passing and rushing score in the same game. Allen's long-term success ultimately will be predicated on his ability to become more accurate as a thrower, making his Week 9 showing of zero turnovers and a 70 percent completion rate extremely encouraging. Upcoming in Week 10, Allen and the Buffalo passing attack will be facing off against a Browns defense that entered the weekend with just eight takeaways, the eighth-lowest total in the NFL.
Allen completed 16 of 34 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Eagles. He also rushed eight times for 45 yards and fumbled three times, losing one.
Allen delivered a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley early in the second quarter and found Devin Singletary out of the backfield for a 28-yard score in the third, but he was otherwise inaccurate. Most of Allen's fantasy value lies in his legs, but it's worrisome that the previously vulnerable Eagles pass defense was able to limit him through the air. Allen hasn't thrown for more than 219 yards in any of his last four games, but he gets a nice opportunity to end the run of poor play when the Redskins come to town in Week 9.
Allen completed 16 of 26 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bills' 31-21 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 32 yards and notched a two-point conversion rush.
Allen had a more difficult time than he likely imagined coming in, but he still managed to generate a fantasy-friendly line. The second-year signal-caller put together his first interception-free performance since Week 2, even as he took multiple sacks for the third consecutive game. Allen connected for both of his passing scores in the fourth quarter, hitting John Brown from 20 yards out to erase a 14-9 deficit and then coming back with a three-yard dart in the left side of the end zone to Cole Beasley just after the halfway point of the final period. Allen now has a 4:1 TD:INT over his last two games and will look to continue his strong play in a Week 8 interconference showdown against the Eagles.
Allen completed 23 of 32 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 14-7 win over the Titans. He added 27 yards on 10 carries on the ground.
Allen was quiet for much of the first half before finding a wide-open Lee Smith off play action for an eight-yard touchdown right before halftime. Though the stats don't jump out at you, Allen's 71.9 percent completion rate was a career high for a game and he threw for multiple touchdowns for the first time this season. He remains dangerous with his legs, converting a game-winning third-down conversion with a boot-out. These small improvements can expand in Week 7 when the surprising 4-1 Bills take on the winless Dolphins.
Allen is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Allen cleared the NFL's concussion protocol Saturday, paving the way for him to handle the team's Week 5 QB duties. He's recorded an uninspiring 3:6 TD:INT to date, but Allen's activity as a rusher -- 31 carries for 131 yards and three TDs so far -- continues to prop up his fantasy profile.
Allen (concussion) was cleared from the concussion protocol and is expected to play Sunday against the Titans.
While the Bills didn't outright say their starting quarterback would take the field, it certainly appears to be the case after Allen cleared concussion protocol. The second-year signal caller has already thrown an unruly six interceptions through four games, but his completion percentage is up to 60 percent compared to 53 percent last season, and he's easily on pace to set a new career high in terms of passing yards.
Allen (concussion) logged a full practice Friday but is considered questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
Allen still needs to be cleared to play in the game. That's no sure thing at this stage, though coach Sean McDermott says he's comfortable starting Allen -- even ahead of the team's Week 6 bye -- should the quarterback gain clearance from the concussion protocol.
Coach Sean McDermott said after Friday's practice that Allen remains in the concussion protocol, but noted that he would be comfortable starting the quarterback in the event he gains clearance before Sunday's game against Tennessee, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Allen practiced within the limitations of the protocol for the third straight day Friday, but fantasy managers needing to make a roster decision on the quarterback will have to wait for the next round of news. Fortunately, the Bills play in the first wave of games Sunday, so resolution on that front will come before the first game kicks off. Matt Barkley will lead the team if Allen is ultimately held out.
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