The Morning Charge: Too much running for Josh Allen

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The Buffalo Bills haven’t gotten much production from the running backs this year, causing Josh Allen to pick up the slack.

Buffalo Bills fans have seen Josh Allen hurdle defenders. They have seen him dive headfirst into the end zone and take big hits all over the field.

That has to stop.

Allen has made up for his lackluster results in the passing game by using his legs to produce major results as of late. The problem is that he has taken hits when running the ball. Far more than a quarterback normally takes.

But this is not necessarily Allen being reckless. He is the team’s leading rusher and has to make plays due to the lack of playmakers around him. If he continually drops back and no one is open, his first thought is to run.

One way to make things better is for him to slide whenever running in the open field. Still, players get in the moment and want to make the big play.

The best way to curb this need for Allen to run is for the team to add some legitimate playmakers next season. Maybe that means moving LeSean McCoy and bringing in a new running back, or spending big money on a top wide receiver.

We take a look at this and more in today’s edition of The Morning Charge.

Buffalo Bills News:

Josh Allen on pace to lead the Bills in rushing in 2018 (BuffaLowDown, Steven Kubitza)

Allen is potentially going to finish with more yards than McCoy, just like we all expected. That doesn’t exactly bode well for McCoy’s trade value, if the team is considering that route.

Matt Milano injury update and more after Week 14 loss (BuffaLowDown, Steven Kubitza)

The Bills will be without Matt Milano for the remainder of the year, while several other players will be evaluated throughout the week. The injury bug has finally shown up in Buffalo.

Josh Allen is running like no other quarterback (PFT, Michael David Smith)

It is fair to note that it has been fun watching Allen run the ball like crazy the past few weeks. It is just not a good plan for long-term success, or health.

McDermott says there’s ‘no place in football’ for hit on Hauschka (Bills Wire, Nick Wojton)

And finally today, some more words on the pointless hit on Stephen Hauschka.

Hitting a kicker who isn’t in the play is so pointless and dangerous, I just don’t get it.