BUFFALO, N.Y. [WKBW] — Josh Allen has quickly become one of the most polarizing players in the NFL. To some, he's a young stud with the tools to become one of the best signal-callers in the game. To others, he'll never overcome his shortcomings and will fail to live up to the hype.
As Allen enters his third year, he's not worried about personal accolades, he just wants to do whatever he can to help his team win.
"Personally, I want to be better at taking care of the football and making better decisions especially on the early downs, and not putting ourselves in situations where it's third and long," Allen said Monday.
Last season, Allen completed 58.8% of his passes for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns. On the ground, Allen added 510 rushing yards and nine more rushing touchdowns. Strides were made, yet there is still plenty of room for improvement, which he has no problem acknowledging.
"There are a lot of things that I want to clean up, that I need to clean up and with the help of the coaching staff here we will clean up. I'm excited to get back on the field and starting get hitting again, so football is back."
For Allen and his team, this is a huge season. Expectations haven't been this high in a long time, and that was one of the reasons why he chose to play in 2020. The other reason? Giving football fans something to look forward to.
"One, I love this game and two, I think it’s a great opportunity to give this nation hope and allow them to see us go out there and do what we do," Allen said. "Sunday is a very special day in the lives of a lot of people around the world, a lot of fans around this world, so, one it’s our jobs and two it’s my passion to play this game.”
On Monday, Allen and his teammates were allowed to head into the facility to begin workouts in the weight room and on the field. He said every rep is precious, especially with such a short offseason and no preseason games to work out the kinks.
“It’s just great to be back in that atmosphere where you’ve got a bunch of dudes who love football in the same spot again, to talk some friendly trash but also get some valuable reps in.”
So while the reps may be limited, the goals are not. For the Bills, the 2020 season is about going on a run in the postseason.
“Coach McDermott is always talking about playoff caliber and when we get to the playoffs it’s championship caliber. Nothing has changed there."