The quarterback rankings following the completion of the 2022 season are in. Based on his regular and postseason performances, QB Josh Allen lands a spot in the top five of these rankings.
2022 stats: 18 games | 62.8 pct | 4,899 pass yds | 7.6 ypa | 38 pass TD | 17 INT | 808 rush yds | 8 rush TD | 16 fumbles
2021 final ranking: 3 | 2020: 5 | 2019: 18 | 2018: 32
"Allen deserves a month alone in the forest to rest and reflect on a season that felt draining from afar. Toiling through the pain of a partially torn UCL, stuck playing in Detroit for two straight weeks due to a Buffalo snow explosion and wading through the emotional toll of Damar Hamlin's on-field collapse and eventual resuscitation, Allen faced it all. The elbow injury impacted his passing for weeks on end (just ask Tony Romo), while the Hamlin drama took an immeasurable toll on the entire roster. Allen too often dipped into his early-career basket of head-scratching throws and gaffes -- especially in the red zone -- but also doubled as one of the game's most unstoppable forces and physical wonders. His greatest spells lie ahead." — Sessler
PFF's John Kosko places Josh Allen under "The Elite" tier of quarterbacks, along with Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow.
"Boosted by the strength of his rushing ability and strong passing game, Josh Allen earned the highest overall grade of any QB this season, with each PFF analyst ranking him at No. 3. He didn't put up the superhuman numbers this postseason as he did a year ago, but the Buffalo Bills signal-caller has posted three top-tier seasons in a row, proving that he's reached the elite tier." – Kosko
Josh Allen lands in the "Franchise elite" category according to Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports.
"These guys are the real deal, through and through, and they all proved it in 2022 ... Allen is the biggest wild card, possessing Mahomes-like athleticism but failing to secure a top-three spot -- or deep playoff run -- thanks in part to a reckless style." — Benjamin
With an overall grade of 91.4, Josh Allen earns the No. 4 spot on the Ringer's 2022 QB ranking list. Steven Ruiz from the Ringer describes Allen as "a Football-Throwing Kaiju who is quickly mastering the intricacies of the QB Position."
Grade breakdown: 86 Accuracy | 100 Arm Talent | 100 Creativity | 87 Decision-Making | 90 Pocket Presence | 91 Pre-Snap
"Let Josh Allen be a reminder that football is still dominated by the biggest, the fastest, and the strongest—even at a position where immeasurables supposedly matter more. It's not that Allen gets by on pure physical talent alone, though: That may have been the case early on in his career, but the 26-year-old's game has matured. His accuracy has gone from a limiting weakness to a strength. He's taken full ownership of the offense before the snap. And he's making better, quicker decisions in the pocket. Now throw in an arm capable of launching footballs to the moon, superhuman playmaking ability, and a big old heap of "got that dog in him," and you get one of the greatest skill sets we've ever seen at the position."
In the preseason edition of these rankings, I wrote, "If Allen can maintain his athletic excellence long enough for the rest of his game to catch up, he could top these rankings one day." It didn't take very long for that to happen.
BIGGEST STRENGTH: ARM TALENT
Allen's arm affords him a margin of error that no other quarterback in the league enjoys. If he needs a little extra time to decide whether a receiver is open, he can take it knowing that he can transport the ball to his guy in an instant. It doesn't matter what's going on around him or how set his feet are—Allen is going to get the ball where it needs to go.
BIGGEST WEAKNESS: PRE-SNAP
The brawny QB has drastically improved in this category over the past few seasons, so I'm nitpicking here. But at this point, that's really the only way you're going to find a weakness in Allen's game." – Ruiz