Buffalo Bills: Looking back at Josh Allen’s rookie year

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The Buffalo Bills put a lot of faith in Josh Allen by drafting him at No. 7 overall in 2018. He provided some optimism for the future in his rookie year.

This part of the offseason is a great time for reflection, before the madness of the draft process engulfs us all.

Buffalo Bills fans can reflect back on a season that was disappointing in the standings, but one that also built a foundation for the future.

We have looked back at Josh Allen’s rookie year several times since the season ended, but we shall do so again after ESPN.com published a piece looking at all five first-round rookie quarterbacks from 2018.

The piece looked at Allen’s stats, a defining play and what lies ahead for him as we all await the start of the 2019 season.

The play chosen for Allen as the one that defined his season was when he connected with Robert Foster for a 75-yard touchdown pass in Week 12. That play was insane because Allen was seemingly swallowed up by the Jacksonville Jaguars defenders, only for the ball to fling out of the scrum and into the hands of Foster.

My personal choice would be Allen’s rushing touchdown at the start of the game back in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills got off to a disastrous 0-2 start and Allen responded by getting the scoring started on his own.

His rushing abilities became a theme of the year as he led the team in rushing in 2018. Seeing him being able to gash the Vikings defense on the ground was eye-opening for fans who were skeptical of his abilities.

As for what lies ahead, there is a bit of an unknown until the team finds upgrades on the offensive line. Once that happens, the rest of the offense can be filled out.

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The ESPN.com piece is a great read for NFL fans who want to look back on how the five rookie quarterbacks did in 2018. It was a quarterback class hyped up for quite some time, and the early results were promising, especially for Bills fans.