When could Josh Allen pass Jim Kelly for most franchise passing yards?

Josh Allen, Jim Kelly (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Josh Allen, Jim Kelly (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
1 of 3

There is no question that Josh Allen is the best quarterback that the Buffalo Bills have had since the days of Jim Kelly. Since Kelly retired after the 1996 season, the Bills have tried almost every avenue to address the position from the draft (J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, EJ Manuel), trades (Drew Bledsoe), and free agency (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kyle Orton) with varying levels of success.

After back-to-back seasons with over 4,000 passing yards, Josh Allen is entering this season fourth in franchise history in passing yards with 14,114 passing yards behind only Jack Kemp, Joe Ferguson, and Jim Kelly. The question now is when might he move past these three players to become the Buffalo Bills’ leader in passing yards?

Predicting when Josh Allen will pass the three quarterbacks ahead of him with more career passing yards

Josh Allen
Jack Kemp, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images) /

Jack Kemp

Career Passing Yards: 15,134

Jack Kemp joined the Buffalo Bills midway through the 1962 season and would spend the next seven seasons in Western New York before retiring after the 1969 season.

Excluding the 1968 season, which Kemp missed the entire year due to injury, he had over 2,200 passing yards in five of those six years which at that point in time was a lot for a football player. He would finish in the Top 10 in passing yards every year he was in Buffalo.

Entering this season, Josh Allen is only 1,020 passing yards behind Kemp and he should move past him fairly early in the year. In fact, if Allen keeps his per game average from the past two seasons of 271 passing yards per game, he would pass Kemp in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens.