Allen looks solid early-on, inconsistent late

July 26, 2018 - 9:23 pm
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Overall, it was a “plus” day for Josh Allen.

That’s how I’d describe the rookie’s first NFL training camp practice.  It certainly wasn’t perfect and there were times he looked like the inaccurate thrower so many want to scream from the hilltops that he is.  But, for most of the two-hour practice, Allen was on target or close to it.

All eyes were on the QB the Bills traded up to seventh overall to select in the 2018 draft, and early-on he didn’t disappoint the crowd watching on the back field here at St. John Fisher College.

Allen’s first pass was a laser thrown down the seam to undrafted free agent Robert Foster, who had to slightly adjust and reach back for the football.  He did and made the catch while falling down.  

In his first extended action in a series, Allen started with a deep ball down the right sideline which drew “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd.  That pass was incomplete, but he quickly settled in and started making the types of throws that flashed on tape at Wyoming when things were going well.

Two of those passes were again to Foster on back-to-back plays.  The first was a beautifully floated pass over Foster’s shoulder with not much room to spare over top of the defensive back defending him.  The next was a hot fastball over the middle to Foster.  Allen hit him in stride, which allowed Fthe Alabama product to take it upfield quickly.

Then the rookie was flushed out of the pocket to his left.  After he scanned downfield, he threw the ball to wideout Kaelin Clay as he was just about at the sideline.  Clay tried to keep both feet inbounds but couldn’t do that and come up with the ball as it fell incomplete.  The general consensus amongst media members standing near the play was that Allen put the ball in a catchable spot and Clay should have come up with it.

Working exclusively with the third team offense any time it was offense versus defense, Allen even showed off a very nice play-fake, then floated a pass to a wide open Patrick DiMarco as the fullback was headed up the right sideline.  After the play, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll had a big smile on his face and he and his QB exchanged fist pumps.

It wasn’t all great for Allen, though, and the evening didn’t end so well.

In his final series, he had two terrible overthrows to open targets near the line of scrimmage on screen passes.  He should have been able to hit both of them with ease.  Those were exactly the throws he seemed to have the biggest issues with in college, the shorter ones where he simply needs to step to his target and toss it, but the ball sails too high or far.

Nathan Peterman took the first reps with the starters and A.J. McCarron got second-team reps.  That will most likely flip-flop Friday.  

The starting offensive line looked much the same as it did throughout most of minicamp:
LT Dion Dawkins
LG Vlad Ducasse
C Russell Bodine
RG John Miller
RT Jordan Mills

The team will be on the field again Friday at 2:15 p.m.


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