Former Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams is ‘excited’ to see Josh Allen develop.
For 13 seasons, Kyle Williams was the backbone of the Buffalo Bills defense. The six-time Pro Bowler played through heartbreak, disappointment, and a fair share of skepticism revolving around the team. The former defensive tackle has been teammates with as many Bills quarterbacks than one can count, but their newest one has caught his eye; just like everyone else.
At Jim Kelly‘s annual celebrity golf tournament, Williams was asked about second-year quarterback Josh Allen. His review of the signal-caller was nothing but positive, mentioning that he appears to be the future of the franchise;
"I’m excited about him. I think the sky’s the limit and I really can’t wait to watch him progress."
When Williams was asked to delve into his comment, he noted the obvious his arm-talent and athleticism, saying;
"It’s one thing that everybody has seen, is just how talented he is, physically. Just the God-given gifts he has with his arm, his mobility for a guy his size. The tangible things that you can measure are through the roof"
Of course, there is more to a quarterback than his mobility, size, or arm strength. There are the immeasurables, the intangibles. Things like charisma, leadership, and poise aren’t something teams can measure; instead, you can see it in the player and his teammates.
"[Allen’s] a connector of men and people. He can bring people together. People tend to gravitate to him. That is an encouraging thing for the organization and for guys that are going to come to Buffalo and they’re going to come and play in this city and this organization, is to have that guy, the bell-cow, the quarterback, be that type of guy."
The theme of the off-season has been praise for Allen. Whether it’s his current teammates, legends, such as Jim Kelly, or a former teammate by the name of Kyle Williams, Allen has received favorable comments all off-season long.
Although just 23 years old, Allen has matured into a dependable piece through the 2019 off-season. Allen had a rocky rookie season, but many have looked past that to see the bright future for the Wyoming product. He’s been noted to have all-world athleticism and arm talent, and a new-found ability to win over his teammates.
The Bills will enter 2019 a revamped, reloaded, and playoff caliber team. Allen will be steering the offenses ship and will deal with better circumstances than in his rookie year. General manager Brandon Beane has given him the offensive line, wide receiver, running backs, and tight ends that he desperately needed during his rookie year.
If Allen can continue his upward trend as a team leader as well as develop his on-field thought processing, the Bills may be looked at as one of the few playoff caliber teams to come out of the AFC East. It won’t be easy, but the Bills have the best chance to do so in a long time.