Josh Allen's stock just keeps rising and rising.
Since the 2020 season, Allen's stardom continues to grow and his play on the field has increasingly improved. His incredible two-game playoff performance last season grabbed the attention of many people around the world. Now, most people know who Allen is and what he's capable of.
In this week's Football Morning in America, Peter King listed the 22 most influential people in the NFL for the 2022 season. Allen cracked the top 10 of his list.
7. Josh Allen, Buffalo quarterback
Allen's here because he's the quarterback on the best team in the league entering the season. The best test of a quarterback's influence on a franchise is the TV schedule. In Allen's rookie year, 2018, the moribund Bills played 15 games at 1 p.m. Sunday and one Monday night game. In Allen's fifth year, 2022, the Bills have been booked for the season-opener at the Super Bowl champion Rams, two Monday night games, one Amazon Thursday game, a Thanksgiving Day game, a CBS doubleheader gem at Kansas City, and one of the best games on this year's schedule: Green Bay at Buffalo, Sunday night, Week 8.
Allen's out-front role with the Bills with the Buffalo supermarket shooting in May is an example of how he's morphing from a lesser-known college player at Wyoming to a guy who's ready for the bright lights of NFL stardom. Scoring 83 points in eight post-season quarters helps. The way the Bills ended the season was reminiscent of the Jim Kelly K-gun offense putting up 95 points in the division and conference title games in the 1990 playoffs. Now Allen will try to finish the job Kelly's Bills never could, and we'll be watching.