The Rush Is On: Josh Allen on a Three-Game Run Never Before Seen in the NFL
Carson Wentz, Ben Roethlisberger, and Cam Newton topped the list of quarterbacks that Josh Allen was compared to in the lead up to the 2018 draft.
Rarely was the 6-foot-5, 240-pound signal caller compared to the small and shifty Michael Vick, who revolutionized the quarterback position in the early 21st century. Through his first eight starts, however, the Buffalo quarterback has drawn comparisons to Vick thanks to his agility and athleticism.
Allen has rushed for 490 yards and five touchdowns this season. He leads all quarterbacks in rushing yards despite the fact that he missed four games with an elbow injury.
The majority of the 22-year-old’s rushing total has been accumulated over the past three weeks, as he’s picked up 335 yards on the ground since returning from injury in Week 12. The rookie is the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era to rush for 95 or more yards in three consecutive games.
Allen’s recent stretch of rushing success has allowed him to break one of Vick’s seemingly-innumerable rushing records for QBs. The Bills’ signal caller now owns the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a three-game span, breaking Vick’s record of 294 yards.
Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll feels as though Allen’s mobility adds a unique dynamic to his offense.
“I think that Josh is a big, strong, competitive athlete,” Daboll said. “When he has chances to run the football, there haven’t been many designed runs, there have been a few, a lot of it has been in the drop back passing game where something breaks down and his first read isn’t there, or his second read isn’t there, or there’s pressure on him at the start. You know that he’s going to go ahead and make some yards with his legs.”
WHILE THE BILLS did lose the Week 14 matchup of rookie quarterbacks to the Jets, Allen remained the QB of choice over Sam Darnold, the quarterback the Jets drafted ahead of Allen.
Both Josh Allen and Sam Darnold played well in the divisional matchup, giving their respective teams a legitimate shot at victory. Though Darnold ultimately won the introductory battle, fans left New Era Field on Sunday knowing that Allen will have the opportunity to exact revenge over the next decade.
“It’s the future of the league, especially in our division,” Buffalo linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “They’re still young. They still have a lot of growth, and things can change from year to year . . . Hopefully those guys continue to grow and are productive in their careers.”
Though Alexander realizes that Darnold is an incredibly talented passer, he feels as though Allen is the more well-rounded player, a leader that he’s happy to play for week in and week out.
“Obviously I’m biased, I like my guy,” Alexander said. “I think he’s more dynamic, has a big arm. He’s played a lot more, I think, than Sam, who’s been hurt. I like my guy. I like what he brings to the table with leadership. Obviously, I’m not in a locker room with Sam, so I really don’t know what he brings outside of that.
“As far as dynamic play, I think Josh outplayed him, has been outplaying him. Josh has to continue to grow and finish the season out strong and continue to learn how to be an elite quarterback in this league.”