Josh Allen Update: All Didn't Go Well for Bills, Allen in Green Bay

By Jason Wolf

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Josh Allen was distraught after his first of three turnovers, an absurd pass across his body into the middle of the field as he was being chased out of bounds, a ball easily intercepted in the end zone by Jaire Alexander.

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott was the first to approach his rookie quarterback on the sideline. He didn’t yell as so many Buffalo fans undoubtedly did at their TVs. This was a teaching moment, and the Bills were far from out of the game, trailing the Green Bay Packers by 13 with less than a minute until halftime.

“He calmed me down,” Allen said. “He understands that I was frustrated and I knew I shouldn’t have done it and I did it, and he says, ‘We can’t do that.’ It was just real subtle.

“He understands that I’m a rookie and I’m going to have growing pains. But at the same time, I hold myself to a higher standard. I don’t care if I’m a rookie or I’ve been in the league for 10 years. It’s something I can’t do. It’s something I’m going to learn from and I’m not going to do it again.”

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By Vic Carruci 

You didn’t need a second glance to see that the Bills unwisely put far too much on the shoulders of rookie quarterback Josh Allen.

Sure, Allen is drawing the largest criticism just as he drew most of the praise for what took place against the Vikings. This time, there was no jaw-dropping hurdle over a linebacker on the way to a first down. There was no sprinting toward the end zone and extending the ball over the pylon for a touchdown. There was no rolling out and firing a 55-yard completion on a broken play.

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This was the Allen we were warned about coming out of college. The draft gurus who were down on Allen looked right Sunday. The rookie looked worse than his final stat line, which was aided by some garbage-time completions: 16 of 33 for 151 yards, two interceptions and seven sacks. His throw across his body to the middle of the field in the first half that resulted in an interception is one a junior varsity quarterback knows not to make. On the occasions Allen did have time to throw, he was either late pulling the trigger or way off target. The protection completely broke down, particularly in the second half. No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin finished with one catch. On one of Allen’s better throws, Andre Holmes dropped the ball along the sideline. The Bills have the NFL’s worst group of wide receivers by a wide margin.

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