Buffalo Bills fans saw some big throws from Josh Allen in 2018 and his big arm was on display all year according to a Pro Football Focus statistic.
Then came the regular season when he threw some absolute bombs to Robert Foster to show off that arm strength.
His overall statistics weren’t great, but it was nice to see Brian Daboll open up the offense and let Allen learn, even if it meant failing at times in the process. Being too conservative and only letting him throw it short would have been bad for his development.
This opening up of the playbook led to Allen leading the league in an interesting category, according to Pro Football Focus.
This does not mean he was averaging over 11 yards per completion. What it does show is that Allen wasn’t afraid to throw the ball downfield as a rookie.
A lot of PFF stats must be put into context. This one is no exception. Those who don’t like Allen, such as those who replied to this tweet, will point out his final stats and say he was a bust.
Yet this stat is not saying he had an amazing year. It simply shows he was willing, and allowed, to throw the ball down the field and not be too conservative. That is all it is, and there is no need to overreact either way.
The key in 2019 will be for Allen’s overall stats to go up and for his willingness to go deep to lead to more than the 10 touchdowns he had through the air in 2018. Putting some actual talent around him should help the cause.