NFL.com Columnists Sees Josh Allen as Starting QB in Buffalo
NFL.com columnist Adam Schein is speculating that the learning process for former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen will be quick. Schein foresees Allen, the No. 1 draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, will wind up the starting quarterbak for the team.
He calls Allen "the next Carson Wentz," in reference to the quarterback that came to North Dakota State where Craig Bohl was the head coach and Brent Vigen the offensive coordinator. Bohl and Vigen hold the same positions now at Wyoming, where they coached Allen.
Justin DeLoro of the Buffalo News writes, "While many think that is a lot to ask of the rookie, especially a player with concerns over his decision-making and accuracy, Schein does not see Buffalo truly having any other option. He seems to feel that both AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman are merely road bumps on Allen’s way to taking control of the offense."
In a summary of the AFC East quarterbacks, Schein writes:
For the sake of this exercise, I’m going to lift up the division by projecting that Allen and Sam Darnold will play sooner (ather) than later. In fact, I give both a chance to start in Week 1. Especially Allen. I don’t want to hear about AJ McCarron. And spare me the Nathan Peterman nonsense. The Bills smartly traded up for Allen because he’s the next Carson Wentz and oozes talent. I believe in Darnold, too. I hope he wins the Jets‘ job. Meanwhile, Tom Brady is the greatest of all time. And Tannehill is a guy.
DeLoro points out: In all fairness, Schein does not give a timetable to reveal when Allen will hit his peak-Wentz ability. Nevertheless, the already high standard set for the Wyoming product is reaffirmed with this comparison.
Bills fans would most likely accept a season from Allen that is similar to Wentz’s rookie year. The North Dakota State product completed 62.4-percent of his passes for 3,782 passing yards. He also tossed 16 touchdown passes while throwing 14 interceptions and leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 7-9 record in 2016.
Looking long-term, if Allen can take a leap forward in his sophomore season in the same way that Wentz did, you can expect to see playoff action for the Bills after the 2019 regular season. As of now, it seems like it’s coming together well for the club, who may hit their stride two seasons from now.