1. Is Josh Allen the NFL's most intriguing sophomore quarterback?
There are four sophomore quarterbacks currently lined up as starters for the 2019 NFL season. Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield all look to lead their respective teams back to or to the playoffs this season.
On Good Morning Football’s roundtable they asked quarterback coach Jordan Palmer who will be the most intriguing. Palmer worked out with both Allen and Darnold this past offseason.
“I think it really is Josh Allen,” Palmer said. “If you look at what happened in the offseason they have the same staff and added pieces. Ken Dorsey, is a good addition to the [QB] room, Mitch Morse played center with Patrick Mahomes last year. They have Cole Beasley in the slot who helped a young Dak Prescott and Frank Gore to help teach him how to be a pro.”
Palmer went on to talk about Allen’s physical traits.
“I look at Josh Allen, who is just ready,” Palmer said. “He’s confident, he has a blue collar work ethic farmer. But at the same time he’s also has the most talented set of physical traits that I’ve seen in a quarterback.”
What might make Allen most intriguing are not his physical traits. Allen, who led the Bills in rushing last season, is in a quarterback room with veteran Matt Barkley. Barkley doesn’t possess the same physical traits as Allen but is excellent in areas that Allen needs to improve, says Palmer.
“What Matt does is he has to throw with anticipation, he has to lead the receivers, he has to find windows, he has to control the football” Palmer said. “That’s the number one thing Josh Allen has to work on. He’s been able to wait and drive because he can throw it with the best of them. So him watching in person he’s going to develop more anticipation and timing, which Josh and I spent a lot of time this offseason working on.”
2. What will Buffalo's record be in 2019?
The Bills record predictions so far have been underwhelming. When Las Vegas first released odds it had the Bills winning just six games in 2019. But, as the season nears that line is expected to change. USA Today predicts Buffalo will finish an even 8-8 in 2019, better than the 6-10 record in 2018.
Underrated squad that was tough down the stretch in 2018 while sporting the league’s second-ranked defense. Buffalo has a shot to start hot prior to its Week 6 bye, then build further momentum with three consecutive home dates. If sophomore QB Josh Allen continues to progress, coach Sean McDermott’s charges could return to postseason for the second time in three years.
At 8-8 the Bills are predicted to finish second in the AFC East. New England (11-5) is first while the Jets (7-9) and Dolphins (3-13) round out the division.
Buffalo has the makings of an 8-8 team on paper but expectations remain higher to secure a spot in the playoffs. With a strong year of Allen at quarterback the Bills could certainly set their sights toward postseason play after a one-year hiatus.
3. Beane hopes Thanksgiving game leads to a Super Bowl appearance
General manager Brandon Beane is a big fan of Thanksgiving Day games against the Dallas Cowboys revealed in ‘Upgrading,’ the second episode of season two of Buffalo Bills: Embedded.
Beane has a good reason too, the last time he played Dallas on Thanksgiving he went to the Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers in 2015.
“Ooh, Thanksgiving. Love it! Well you know what? The last time I spent Thanksgiving in Dallas we went to the Super Bowl,” Beane said.
The Panthers defeated the Cowboys 33-14 and recent signee safety Kurt Coleman recorded a pick-six interception to open the scoring.
If the Bills are able to win the Week 13 matchup could they also be on a quick path to Super Bowl LIV?