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Be Wary of Josh Allen—No Matter Who Drafts Him

By Travis Pulver - 6 years ago in NFL News

Be Wary of Josh Allen—No Matter Who Drafts Him

It is impossible to tell how much of an impact a rookie is going to have until the season starts. Once teams begin to play, it becomes clear how much time a rookie is going to see in the immediate future. This is especially true for quarterbacks.

Some sink and some win. For daily fantasy players, it helps to know who is more likely to swim or at least work hard to try to swim.

Don’t count on Josh Allen.

Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has been talked about as the best quarterback in the draft and is widely expected to come off the board with the first pick. He will likely not make it very far down the line if he isn’t the first player selected.

It’s not hard to see why. On paper, Allen is everything that NFL coaches love to see in their future franchise quarterback. But there is one thing about him that should concern the team that drafts him and daily fantasy players.

His accuracy stinks.

He was a 56 percent passer in two seasons at Wyoming. Low 60s is typically what is considered an acceptable percentage. His detractors have been quick to talk about his accuracy problems—and it seems all the talk is getting on his nerves.

While talking with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently, he had this to say:

“The inaccuracy issue,” Allen said. “Going back to college having a 56-percent completion percentage. Obviously, it’s not great. But I think that it’s a little blown out of proportion. I do think that I’m accurate. Jordan Palmer’s helped me out a lot throughout this process with getting my feet right. Once we did that [I’m] throwing the ball a little easier. The ball’s coming out and where

it’s supposed to be.”

He went on to admit that his footwork was not very good. But then he started to make excuses—he was asked to do a lot in the Wyoming offense, and they threw downfield a lot. But then he tried to brag about winning eight games in back to back seasons.

While that was an incredible accomplishment for the Cowboys, it would get coaches at many schools fired.

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He’s had issues with accuracy his entire career.

Accuracy has been something that has dogged him for years. During his season at Reedley Community College, he completed just 49 percent. Back in high school, he completed 50.8 and 57.4 percent his two seasons on Varsity. His best season was back when he played junior varsity (59.5 percent).

He’s admitted to not being the most accurate guy in college. But he’s never really been an accurate guy. He hasn’t put in the work to get better yet. Why should anyone believe he’ll do so now?


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