Bills Analyst Previews Josh Allen's 2019 Season

Josh Allen didn't produce eye-popping stats as a rookie, but that could change in his second season

Tiki and Tierney
August 07, 2019 - 2:31 pm

Josh Allen’s rookie stats won’t overwhelm you, but they don’t tell the whole story. The seventh overall pick in 2018, Allen completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 2,074 yards and rushed for 631 yards, finishing with 18 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 games. He did that without a lot of offensive weapons and without much of an offensive line.

The Bills believe they’ve addressed both of those issues heading into 2019.

“He’s just got to get on the same page as his new receiving corps,” former Buffalo center and current Bills analyst Eric Wood said on Tiki & Tierney. “They added John Brown, and the reports out of Rochester – where they’re doing training camp – have been extremely high on John Brown.”

The Bills also added Cole Beasley to pair with Zay Jones and Robert Foster.

“They brought in some weapons,” Wood said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of people protecting Josh last year – he didn’t have many places to go with the ball. Guys were making plays for him.”

Jones and Foster led the Bills with 652 yards and 541 receiving yards, respectively.

“They add some pieces this year, they add all that protection up front – it’ll happen as he gets older and grows,” Wood said of Allen. “But I know they’re looking for Josh to take a step this year with all these added pieces.”

The Bills open the season with a pair of road games against the Jets and Giants before returning home to face the Bengals and Patriots in Weeks 3 and 4, respectively.