Buffalo Bills: 4 takeaways from Josh Allen’s 2021 season

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
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Josh Allen plays better when involved in the run game but it can’t be overused

There is no question that as the years go on in Josh Allen’s career, the Buffalo Bills likely will want to see him run less. They even saw a glimpse this year of how him running, and the way he runs, opens him up to injuries like the foot injury he suffered against the Tampa Bay Bucs.

However, there is also no denying that when Allen is involved in the run game it seems like he becomes a better passer and is in more control. There were five games this season, including the playoffs, where Josh Allen had double-digit carries. In four of those games, Allen threw for over 300 passing yards and in total had 12 passing touchdowns and four interceptions (three of which came against the Atlanta Falcons).

The tricky part is finding that balance where running the ball with Josh Allen helps him get into a rhythm but also not opening him up to needless hits. The idea that Buffalo could give him double-digit carries every game is not a smart one but one challenge for new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey is finding that balance that maximizes that threat.