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

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Joe Ferguson

Career Passing Yards: 27,590

Once Josh Allen passes Jack Kemp it will be a few years before Allen passes Joe Ferguson. He was a third round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 1972 and was the starting quarterback for 12 years.

During that stretch, he had some impressive seasons like in 1977 when he led the league in passing yards with 2,803 while surprisingly also leading the league in interceptions that year with 24. In addition to that season, he would have two seasons with over 3,500 passing yards in 1979 and 1981.

For Josh Allen to pass Joe Ferguson he would almost need to double his current career passing yards. However, it is not as simple as just assuming he will need four seasons to do it because his first two years weren’t as successful as his last two, which likely is a better indication of future performance.

If he averages the 271 passing yards, his average the past two seasons, it will take him nearly 50 regular season games which is almost three full seasons. If Allen keeps this pace then he would move to second in franchise history likely near the end of the 2024 season.