BUFFALO, N.Y. [WKBW] — Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen feels like he's throwing the ball better than he ever has. While he hasn't thrown as many passes as he's used to during an offseason, he's making the most of the opportunities he's had.
"I feel good where I'm at right now but I'm still going to continue to work on it and try to continue to get better with what I'm working on right now."
So what exactly has Allen been working on? His mechanics. While he wasn't ready to say he's completely changed his release, a conversation with longtime Dallas Cowboys QB and current CBS analyst Tony Romo at the Super Bowl led to the emphasis on mechanics.
"I think what he gave me, I've taken it in stride and I'm applying it to the field and I think it's been working out," Allen said. "In Miami [where Allen hosted teammates for practice], I feel like it's the best I've ever thrown. Just keeping my head more still, keeping my left arm tighter, and kind of rotating my body around on an axis and it's been paying off."
But Romo isn't the only quarterback Allen's been looking to for advice. Thanks to some help from Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Allen has also had zoom chats with Hall of Famer Brett Favre and soon to be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
"I tried to pick their brains a little bit and see what I can take from them," Allen explained. "Those are two of the most well-respected and two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. So I was truly blessed for those guys to give us their input."
Allen specifically mentioned some advice he received from Manning on the NFL lockout in 2011 and how he still managed to prepare for the regular season despite limited practice time during the summer.
"I did gain a lot from that conversation with him and I've just been trying to apply it the best way that I can."
Allen, who is entering his third season with the Bills, is confident the offense can become one of the better units in the league this upcoming season. He said it starts with him completing more throws. In games when Allen completes more than 60-percent of his passes, the Bills are undefeated.
As for newly added wideout Stefon Diggs, Allen is thrilled with the progress they've already made.
"This man loves to work," Allen said of Diggs. "It was awesome to see the amount of detail he puts into craft, how communicative he was, how willing he was to learn. He wasn't there for himself, he was there for the betterment of the team."
And while it appears the connection on the field is blossoming, their connection in Call of Duty might be even stronger. Allen joked he and Diggs have played the game a lot in the last few months. Diggs saw the remarks and tweeted: Honestly every time I get downed he’s right there to pick me up.
Exactly what you'd want from a teammate on the field of play or the field of battle.