Bills quarterback Josh Allen has been named the Pro Football Writers Association's Most Improved Player for his impressive third season in the NFL. Allen is the first Buffalo Bills player to win this award since the PFWA started it in 2000.
Allen quarterbacked an offense who saw their average in points per game increase from 19.6 last season to 31.3 this season, which ranked second best in the league. In 2020, his offense also averaged the second-most yards per game (396.4) and third-most passing yards per game (288.8), which is a large improvement from ranking 24th in total yards (330.2) and 26th in passing yards (201.8) during the 2019 season.
The seventh overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft broke several franchise records in year three, including total touchdowns (46), passing touchdowns (37), total yards (4,977), passing yards (4,544), passer rating (107.2), completions (396), completion percentage (69.2%) and 300-yard games (8).
Allen's completion percentage increased from ranking last in 2019 (58.8%) to fourth best in 2020 (69.2%). His passer rating improved by 21.9 points (85.3 to 107.2) from last season, which is the sixth largest improvement by a quarterback playing in their first three seasons since 1970.
The QB became the first player in NFL history with at least 4,500 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and five rush touchdowns in a single season. After the Wild Card win over the Colts, Allen became the first player to ever throw for at least 300 yards, post a 70 percent completion percentage and rush for 50 yards in a playoff game.
Allen helped an offense that became the second offense in history to record at least 20 first downs in all 16 games during the regular season. The QB's weapons also saw success during their 2020 campaign--wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley had career highs in catches and receiving yards. Allen received NFL Player of the Week and Month honors five times, which was the most of any player this season.