Josh Allen | Bills QB

Date of Birth:  05/21/1996
Age:  24
Height  6'5"
Weight:   223
College:  Wyoming
Drafted:  2018 | Round 1 | Pick 7
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Josh Allen | Bills QB

The Bills officially exercised the fifth-year option for Josh Allen.

Obviously, this was an incredibly easy decision for the Bills, who now have Allen locked up through the 2022 season. The two sides should come to a long-term contract agreement at some point, but both Allen and Buffalo might be content with remaining patient. For Allen, his price could continue to skyrocket if he keeps playing like he did last season and his team makes more deep playoff runs.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (left shoulder) is returning to the game.

It looks like Allen went the locker room just to get a wrap/support on his left shoulder. The Bills didn't even say anything about Allen's status, officially, so the team obviously expects their franchise player to be back in the game when they get back on offense.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen heads to locker room with apparent left shoulder injury.

Allen was holding his wrist heading into the locker room, but he initially held onto his left shoulder after hitting the ground. Hopefully the injury isn’t serious and Allen can be back for the second half, but Matt Barkley is the backup for Buffalo.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen carries Bills offense in Week 1 victory.

Allen threw the ball 46 times for a career-high 312 yards and two touchdowns on 33 completions, and he also carried the ball 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown, accounting for a large percentage of Buffalo's offense to open the year. Despite front-running the entire game after jumping to a 14-0 lead, the Bills put the ball into Allen's hands as a passer instead of running the ball against a tough Jets front. Allen did have two lost fumbles, but it should be learning experience for him after he showed he knows how to cut down on the interceptions last year. The third-year quarterback could be poised to have a monster season. Allen next faces a Dolphins team that just allowed to rushing scores to Cam Newton and a team he's had major success against in the past.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen is active but won't play in Week 17.

Allen and other key players for the Bills won't risk injury since they are locked into the No. 5 seed, so the second season for the 23-year-old ends with a 10-5 record. In 15 games, Allen completed 58.8% of his passes for 3,084 yards, 20 touchdowns, and nine interceptions, also adding 109 carries for 510 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. Buffalo will most likely take on the Texans next week in the Wild Card Round.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen scores four total touchdowns against the Dolphins.

Allen as 21/33 for 256 yards and three touchdowns along with seven carries for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' Week 11 victory. The second-year quarterback was outstanding all game for Buffalo, making good decisions and accurate throws throughout the matchup. Two of the passing scores were to John Brown, including the first one coming on a 40-yard strike down the right sideline in between coverage before John broke a tackle to get into the end zone. This was one of the best games of Allen's young career, and he's played exceptionally well in his matchups with the Dolphins. Allen now has fantasy point totals of 25.4 and 33.8 in the last two games.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen has cleared the concussion protocol.

This puts him on track to start against Tennessee this weekend, which is a big boost in a probable defensive battle where making plays with his legs could be key. Allen has the ability to put up huge fantasy numbers in any given matchup, but consider him more of a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 in a game with the lowest over/under of the week.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (concussion) is officially listed as questionable for Week 5.

Allen was officially a full participant in today's practice, indicating that he's very close to getting cleared to play. Bills head coach Sean McDermott says he'd have no issue playing Allen if he can clear concussion protocol tomorrow, so there appears to be a good chance the second-year quarterback is out there on Sunday. Buffalo plays at 1:00 PM ET, so Allen's status will be known on Sunday morning an hour and a half before kickoff in Tennessee.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen remains in the concussion protocol, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

Allen was able to get some work in this week and sit in on team meetings, but his status looks very much in doubt if he's not cleared before the Bills leave for Tennessee. If Allen can't go, it'll be Matt Barkley under center for Buffalo in what projects to be another defensive battle.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (concussion) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Allen participating at all certainly gives him a chance to get cleared for Sunday's game against the Titans, but tomorrow will be big in determining whether he can play. If he can't, the Bills are still in good hands with Matt Barkley under center, and Allen would likely be ready to roll after Buffalo's Week 6 bye.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (concussion) was officially limited in today's practice.

This is a good sign for Allen as he progress through concussion protocol. Things should be trending in a positive direction for Allen to play this Sunday against the Titans, but we'll track his status throughout the rest of the week.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (head) did not return for the Bills.

Allen sprinted to the locker room alone while he was being evaluated, but he never returned in Buffalo's tough 16-10 loss to New England. The Patriots again played elite defense, holding Allen to 13/28 for 153 yards and three interceptions; Allen also had five carries for 26 yards and a touchdown. The second-year quarterback appeared to try to force things in the first half, but he settled down a bit in the second have before his injury. Allen will have to clear concussion protocol before next Sunday's game against the Titans to start.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen leaves game after huge hit against the Patriots.

Allen was attempting to run for a first-down, and cornerback Jonathan Jones delivered a huge helmet-to-helmet hit. Allen was down on the ground at first, but he then sat up and walked to the sideline. He wanted to go back in the game with his team down six and driving at the start of the fourth quarter, but he's being evaluated for a concussion. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Allen's status.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

The Bills are expected to vary their offensive tempo more in 2019.

Bills insider Chris Brown of the team's official website writes: "Buffalo’s offensive coordinator (Brian Daboll), along with [quarterback Josh Allen], worked extensively on running the offense with shorter play calls or sounds in the spring so they can execute plays in rapid succession." The Bills wanted to run more tempo last season, but it was tough while Allen dealt with an elbow injury in middle of the season; however, heading into Allen's second NFL season, Buffalo will switch up their tempo to keep defenses off-guard more in 2019. During offseason training, Daboll sometimes gave his quarterback the freedom to just call plays on his own in the huddle, and there were also shorter play calls that help Allen get words out quicker so the offense can get lined up more efficiently. After the promise Allen showed last season and all the pieces the Bills added in the offseason, there should be a lot of upside—both real life and fantasy—this season.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen goes off in blowout win over the Dolphins.

Allen was 17/26 for 224 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, also adding nine carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Outside of the interception that was returned for a score by Miami at the end of the first half, Allen was basically unstoppable. The day got started on a quarterback sneak for six on the game's opening possession, and he found Zay Jones twice and Robert Foster once—on a nice back-shoulder connection—through the air for scores. He also had a 30-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. An impressive rookie campaign for Allen ends by completing 52.8% of his passes for 2,074 yards and a 10:12 touchdown-interception ratio in 12 games (11 starts); and he led the team with 631 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just 89 carries (7.1 average). Considering he led the team to a 5-6 record that could have been 6-5 if not forced to leave a close loss with an injury, the future looks very bright for the dual-threat quarterback. Allen deserves serious high-upside QB1 talk in the summer as Buffalo adds pieces around him.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen throws two interceptions against the Patriots.

Allen was 20/41 for 217 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions along with five carries for 30 yards in his first matchup with Bill Belichick's defense. New England did a nice job of limiting the rookie quarterback, who is dealing with a shortage of weapons on offense especially after LeSean McCoy was benched. Allen's score was a 31-yarder to Zay Jones in the fourth quarter. Next week to end his rookie season, Allen is back in the QB1 mix against a Dolphins team he had two passing touchdowns and 135 rushing yards against a few weeks ago.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen, Bills win a defensive battle over the Lions, 14-13.

Allen was 13/26 for 204 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, also adding nine carries for 16 yards and another score. The rushing touchdown was a three-yard scramble to the pylon in the first half, and Allen found Robert Foster for a 42-yard connection in the fourth quarter to put Buffalo ahead. It will be fun to see Allen face Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense for the first time next week, but he might carry more risk than usual as New England comes off two losses in a row.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen has up and down game in Week 14 loss.

Allen was 18/36 for 206 yards and two interceptions along with nine carries for 101 yards and a touchdown and one fumble lost against the Jets. The first interception was not a good one, as Allen did a nice job of scrambling away from defenders but then threw the ball up for grabs in his own territory. The second interception came at the end of the game trying to make something happen. As a runner and scrambler, Allen again basically did whatever he wanted while trying to carry an offense that doesn't have a ton of talent around him (and lost LeSean McCoy to a hamstring injury early in the game). He became just the fourth Bills player in history to have 95+ rushing yards in three consecutive games, joining O.J. Simpson, Thurman Thomas, and Fred Jackson. Also, Allen's 335 rushing yards are the most by rookie quarterback in a three-game span in the Super Bowl era, breaking Michael Vick's record of 294 yards. Allen just seems bigger or faster than most defenders, and this type of rushing output gets him in the QB1 mix in fantasy lineups.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen nearly leads Bills to victory over the Dolphins.

Allen was 18/33 for 231 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions along with nine carries for 135 yards. Both touchdowns were to Zay Jones, with the first coming on an absolute laser to the back of the end zone on the run for 15 yards. One interception came on a Hail Mary attempt at the end of the first half, and overall it was a very good game for the talented rookie quarterback. At the end of the game with one last chance and his team down by four points, Allen scrambled around and heaved a pass to the end zone that Charles Clay couldn't come up with; it was a wobbly pass that Clay went to his knees for, but it's one that should have been caught. Allen has 234 rushing yards the last two games, making him the first quarterback since 1951 to run for that many yards in a two-game span. He has fantasy point totals of 25 and 28 the last two games, and he'll offer QB1 upside next week against the Jets.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen takes over as Buffalo defeats Jacksonville, 24-21.

Allen was 8/19 for 160 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, also adding 13 carries for 99 yards and a score. People who didn't watch the game will point to the rookie's passing statistics or "completion percentage" like they did in the pre-draft process, but Allen was great, dropping a dime to Robert Foster as he took a hit for a 75-yard touchdown in the first half, and taking over with his legs in the second half, including a 45-yard gain and a 14-yard touchdown run. The Bills are now 3-2 in games Allen has started and finished, and it could easily be 4-2 if not for an injury suffered against the Texans last month. Buffalo will take on the Dolphins in Week 13, but Allen remains a volatile QB2 option that needs rushing production to make up for a sub-par supporting cast.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (right elbow) is set to return for Week 12.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott says Allen will practice fully this week. Barring a setback, the rookie quarterback will be back on the field this Sunday against the Jaguars after missing four games. It's an interesting matchup against a team with Jalen Ramsey, who called Allen "trash" in an interview with GQ before the season. Don't be surprised if Allen has a good game against Jacksonville, but it's obviously playing with fire inserting him into Week 12 fantasy lineups.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (right elbow) has been ruled out for Week 10.

The Bills have announced that Matt Barkley is expected to start against the Jets, as they're looking to get a spark on offense against the Jets with Nathan Peterman struggling. The good news for Allen is he appears to be close to a return after being limited in practice all week, so he should have a decent shot of playing in Week 12 after Buffalo's bye next week.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (right elbow) is officially listed as questionable for Week 10.

This was expected with Allen remaining limited in practice today. It looks like the rookie quarterback's status will come down to how he's feeling on gameday, though we'd expect the team to exercise caution if he's not very close to 100%. Allen's status will be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (right elbow) will be limited in today's practice.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott says they're still working through the quarterback situation, indicating there's still hope for Allen to play this Sunday against the Jets. Nevertheless, we'll see how he's listed on the official Week 10 injury report when it's released later today.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (right elbow) remains limited in practice.

Two straight limited practices is a good sign for Allen, but he probably needs to get in a full practice before feeling good about his chances of playing. Expect the Bills to exercise caution with their rookie franchise quarterback, so Allen is on the doubtful side of things for now. We'll see how he's listed on the official Week 10 injury report when it's released tomorrow.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (right elbow) practiced on a limited basis today.

The rookie quarterback is nearing a return, and getting back to practice—even on a limited basis—is a good sign. We'll continue tracking Allen as he looks to make his return to the field for the Bills.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen is expected to miss at least two or three games after receiving a second opinion on his elbow, according to Tom Pelissero.

Dr. James Andrews checked out the rookie’s injury, and it’s fortunately not going to require surgery. However, the expectation is that Allen will miss two or three games and then be week-to-week after that, so Buffalo will be without their franchise quarterback at least into November. In the mean time, Nathan Peterman or veteran Derek Anderson will look to keep the Bills competitive, but it’s going to be a tall task surrounded by the league’s worst supporting cast. Hopefully Allen makes a full recovery and is able to continue progressing in 2018.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (elbow) is week-to-week, head coach Sean McDermott has announced.

Allen left Sunday's loss to the Texans in the third quarter before Nathan Peterman took over for the remainder of the game, so it's not a surprise considering it was an injury to Allen's throwing arm and he couldn't return to the game. Buffalo recently signed veteran Derek Anderson to mentor the rookie, and McDermott said that "all options will be on the table" at quarterback this week, suggesting Anderson could end up starting over Peterman if Allen is unable to go. This probably doesn't impact Buffalo's skill-position players much, but Kelvin Benjamin—who declined to run routes with the No. 7 overall pick before the game yesterday—could get a boost after spending with with Anderson in Carolina. Also, the Colts will be a top-end D/ST streamer for Week 7. Hopefully Allen can heal up and continue progressing after leading the Bills to a couple wins already in his young career.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (elbow) did not return in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Allen was forced to leave the game with a elbow injury in the third quarter, but Nathan Peterman unfortunately threw a couple interceptions in the final two minutes as the Bills lost, 20-13. Before leaving the game, Allen was 10/17 for 84 yards through the air with four carries for 20 yards on the ground. Hopefully the injury is nothing serious for the rookie and he can return to the field next week against the Colts, but Buffalo could be without their franchise quarterback for some time considering it's a throwing-arm issue. We'll provide an update when one is available.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen leaves game with elbow injury; is questionable to return.

It's unclear what happened to the rookie quarterback, but he's on the bench as Nathan Peterman enters the game for the Bills. The rookie quarterback was taking some big hits as he puts his body on the line to pickup yardage, so perhaps something happened to his throwing elbow. Hopefully it's not too serious, but we'll update you as more information becomes available.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen, Bills upset the Titans to improve to 2-3.

Allen was 10/19 for 82 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding four carries for 19 yards and a score in a 13-12 victory. The stats weren't pretty on a day that Buffalo ran it 43 times, but Allen was able to get the team in field goal range for a last-second game-winner, and he continues to show flashes—like on his 14-yard touchdown run—that should have the Bills excited. Next week, the No. 7 overall pick will look to get his third win when Buffalo travels to Houston. Consider Allen a completely unpredictable QB2 option.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen throws two interceptions in Packers' loss.

Coming off a huge win in Minnesota last week, Allen and the Bills had another tough task facing the Packers in Lambeau Field. Buffalo was shut out, as they couldn't get much going offensively through the air or on the ground. Allen was 16/33 for 151 yards and two touchdowns along with five carries for 19 yards; he also lost a fumble in the game. The rookie quarterback was sacked seven times, as he was under constant pressure and couldn't escape danger behind an offensive line that really struggled. Allen has two touchdowns and four interceptions through three NFL starts, but he should get better with more experience and more help around him. Keep in mind this is arguably the worst supporting cast in the league that he's playing with.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen, Bills shock the Vikings with dominant road victory.

Allen completed 15/22 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, also adding ten carries for 39 yards and two scores in a 27-6 win. It's been a season with a lot of surprises thus far, but this was probably the biggest, as despite facing the best defense in the league and a legitimate Super Bowl contender, Allen looked like the best player on the field. He started things off in the first quarter with a ten-yard touchdown run that was capped off with a Superman dive to outrun Anthony Barr, and the rookie later hurdled Barr with ease on another first-down conversion. After that, Allen found Jason Croom down the right sideline for a 26-yard score and then rushed for another touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Overall, it was a phenomenal performance by a quarterback that many "experts" said wouldn't be ready to start for one or two years, and while there will be growing pains, Buffalo fans should feel confident that they have their guy. Allen's rushing upside alone puts him on the streaming radar heading into a Week 4 matchup with the Packers.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen shows flashes in first career start.

Allen completed 18/33 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, also adding eight rushes for 32 yards in a 31-20 loss to the Chargers. The rookie made some ill-advised throws, including an interception that he tossed on the run into traffic, but he didn't have much help behind a sub-par offensive line with a lack of talent at receiver. Overall, Allen absorbed five sacks, and he escaped others based on his individual playmaking ability. Unfortunately, a difficult matchup in Week 2 will only be followed up by the toughest one imaginable as the Bills head to Minnesota next Sunday, so Allen should remain on the bench or waiver wire for now.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen is starting Week 2 for the Bills, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Nathan Peterman drew the start in Week 1 against the Ravens, and there was some thought that he would continue starting against an extremely difficult opening few games of the season for Buffalo. However, after Peterman struggled to get anything going to open the season, the Bills are going with the potent rookie quarterback Allen; also, Peterman threw five first-half interceptions in last year's matchup against this week's opponent, the Chargers. In relief last week, Allen went 6/15 for 74 passing yards while adding four carries for 26 rushing yards. Allen is not a recommended fantasy option at such a deep position quite yet, but he's someone to keep an eye on because of his dual-threat potential.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen makes NFL debut in Week 1 loss.

The Bills were getting blown out by the Ravens, so Allen was inserted into the game for starter Nathan Peterman, who threw two interceptions. All things considered, Allen played pretty well, going 6/15 for 74 passing yards while adding four carries for 26 rushing yards. Even if Allen draws the Week 2 start, it'll be hard to trust him in fantasy lineups behind what might be the league's worst offensive line.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen (head) has been cleared to return to today's game.

Allen looked fine after taking a big hit late in the second half, and he indeed is OK and can return to the game. He might be done anyway, but we'll see if he gets more time. Hopefully the offensive line protects their rookie quarterback if he does hit the field again today.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Josh Allen leaves preseason game with apparent head injury.

Allen just took a big hit with under a minute to go in the first half, and his head slammed on the turf. The rookie quarterback appeared to want to remain in the game, but it was out of his hands. Allen is now headed to the locker room, and his day is almost certainly done. Buffalo's offense line played very poorly against Cincinnati, giving Allen (sacked five times) little time to throw, which makes it a tough evaluation for the coaches as they determine a starting quarterback. Allen was 6/12 for 34 yards before leaving. We might see Allen in the team's fourth preseason game this week.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Bills head coach Sean McDermott says the team is going to "mix [Josh Allen] in with the starters" during minicamp this week.

Allen has been and will continue to work with the third unit, but it makes sense for Buffalo to see how he does in limited action with the starters. The No. 7 overall pick could quickly jump Nathan Peterman on the depth chart if he shows well, and we believe he has a good chance of opening up the regular season as the starter over A.J. McCarron, though he will need to earn it. If Allen does see the field as a rookie, he might have some fantasy value due to his ability as a runner. In rookie drafts, the strong-armed signal-caller should probably be the first quarterback off the board.

Josh Allen | Bills QB

Bills trade up, get their quarterback in Wyoming's Josh Allen.

After only two quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield to the Browns; Sam Darnold to the Jets) went in the top six of the draft, Buffalo make the jump from No. 12 overall to No. 7 overall, giving Tampa Bay two second-round selections to move up. GM Brandon Beane deserves credit for sticking to his guns and not giving up multiple first-round picks to move up in position for a quarterback. And Josh Allen is a big, strong quarterback that should fit perfectly in Buffalo and their cold-weather Northeast climate. Beane, who used to be in Carolina's front office, is familiar with a similar quarterback in Cam Newton, who had similar accuracy questions coming into the NFL. Because the Bills signed A.J. McCarron in free agency, there is no rush to play Allen in year one. The fantasy outlook for Allen is extremely bright long-term, but he might not see the field early as a rookie.

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