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Bills Today | Bleacher Report gives Josh Allen these two end-of-season awards

Josh Allen (17) runs the ball. Buffalo Bills vs Pittsburgh Steelers at Bills Stadium on December 13, 2020. Photo by Craig Melvin.
Josh Allen (17) runs the ball. Buffalo Bills vs Pittsburgh Steelers at Bills Stadium on December 13, 2020. Photo by Craig Melvin.

1. Bleacher Report gives Josh Allen these two end-of-season awards

Josh Allen shined during the 2020 season by setting multiple franchise records, leading the Bills to a 13-3 record, an AFC East title, two playoff wins and an appearance in the first AFC Championship for the Bills since 1994. Allen was also the winner of two of Bleacher Report's end of the season awards, winning Fantasy Player of the Year, and Most Improved Player of the Year. 

Fantasy Player of the Year - QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (2 votes)

As the game evolves, the perception of quarterbacks in fantasy football must as well.

Athletic signal-callers become bigger threats with each passing year. Two quarterbacks—the Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen and Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray—finished among the top three overall scorers in both standard and points-per-reception leagues. …

Most Improved Player - QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (3 votes)

Until the 2020 campaign, there were questions about whether Josh Allen was the Buffalo Bills' long-term answer under center.

He answered those resoundingly this season while forcing his way into the MVP race. Allen finished last among qualified passers with a 58.8 completion percentage in 2019, but he jumped to 69.2 this season. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the first-time Pro Bowler is only the fourth quarterback in the last 20 years to raise his completion percentage by 10 or more percentage points in the span of one season. …

To read Bleacher Report's complete list of award winners and the full analysis on Allen's two awards, click here.

2. Lee Smith undecided if 2020 season was his last

Lee Smith finished the 2020 season with four receptions for 35 yards and two touchdowns and after a 10-year NFL career, he is seriously contemplating whether this one was his last. Over the past couple of seasons, Smith has taken a step back to make sure he was all in and was able to give his teammates his best. Before the 2020 season started, he felt like he could do that and the roster that Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane constructed helped with that decision. Smith has spent six seasons playing for the Bills (2011-2014 + 2019-pres.) and four seasons with the Raiders (2015-2018). He has 64 career receptions for 458 yards and 10 touchdowns in those 10 seasons. 

Smith was on the JMart and Ramon radio show on 104.5 The Zone and he talked with Jason Martin and former NFL lineman Ramon Foster about his future. Smith stated that going from least likely to succeed in college to now walking off of the AFC Championship field to possibly finish his career, he has no complaints.

"So, 15 years later I'm walking off of the AFC Championship field to potentially finish my career, you sure won't hear me complain," Smith said. "I feel bad for my teammates, I feel bad for Josh who put an MVP season together and we weren't able to get there for all my friends and brothers that I love. But for me personally, missing the playoffs seven out of 10 years and being out the two and then potentially getting to finish like that, shoot, I will wear that with pride the rest of my life."

3. Peerless Price joins Tennessee State football coaching staff

Former Tennessee Volunteer and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Peerless Price is joining the Tennessee State University Football coaching staff. He is being brought on as a volunteer coach for the TSU Tigers 2021 spring football season. 

After being named Co-MVP of the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, Price was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft and was with the team through the 2002 season. After stops in Atlanta and Dallas, Price re-signed with Buffalo in 2006 and played for the team until he suffered a career-ending neck injury in October of the 2007 season. In his six seasons with the Bills, Price had 288 receptions for 3,772 yards and 25 touchdowns. 

Price stated in a Tennessee State press release that he believes he can get these young players to be the best versions of themselves.

"Sports are a great teacher of all things one will encounter in life," Price said. "I know the man on top of anything didn't just fall there. He or she works their tails off to get there. You have to be able to reach young people on a level that you can get the most out of them no matter what their skill set is! Get them to be the best version of themselves every single day and I believe I can do that!! It's a gift and I believe I was blessed with that gift."

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