Because most rookies don’t get enough credit, we’ll be highlighting some top performances by the NFL’s next generation.
Offense: Week 3
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
The biggest shock of week three in the NFL had to be the Bills, who everyone (myself included) had left for dead, going into Minnesota and not just beating but demolishing the Super Bowl contender Vikings. I’d be remiss this week if we didn’t have a look at Bills rookie QB Josh Allen, who the Bills traded up to seventh in this year’s draft to select. While some scouts scoffed at his lower than median completion percentage (56.2) in college, the Bills saw a raw talent with an electric arm and the ability to stretch the field. He’s won the starting gig over incumbent turnover machine Nathan Peterman, and his physicality certainly played a part in the Bills shocking 27-6 win. He’s big, but not gigantic at 6’5” and 237lbs and can move well when necessary. This week’s game saw him hurdling defenders for a first down and rushing for a touchdown, as well as completing fifteen of twenty-two passes for just under two-hundred yards and a touchdown to rookie tight end Jason Croom. Against one of the NFL’s best defenses, Allen showed the tremendous upside potential that made him so attractive. If he can keep his completion percentage up and make good choices under pressure, the Bills just might have found a long-term answer at the quarterback position.
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