Bills' Allen targeted what he wanted to get better at this spring

June 13, 2019
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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - Josh Allen had a pretty good rookie season, but he wants to make huge strides to do his part to make this year’s Buffalo Bills better. The second year quarterback said, “Personally on the field, making the right decisions, putting the ball where it needs to be on time and accurately letting our guys catch the ball and make plays. Off the field is developing those relationships with our guys. Making sure we are on the same page and we all have one mindset towards the same goal and that’s to win football games.”

Allen has always seemed to work well with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. He said Ken Dorsey joining the offensive staff has also helped him, “I feel like I’ve done a good job. I’ve had a lot of great help around me. Dorsey, having him here has been a great addition. Having the eyes of Matt and Tyree and Shea and Coach Daboll. we’ve all been doing a great job in the quarterback room of seeing things and relaying things to each other and that open line of communication that we have has been awesome. It’s going to continue grow and continue to get better and hopefully we will see some results on the field too.”

You hear athletes talk about nothing but getting better, but what about admitting when you actually do get better? Allen said you must have time for that too, “I definitely think as you get better, you have to step back and see where you’ve progressed. Obviously there’s something that you can get better at every day and every day having a certain mindset and trying to pick something specific to go work on. At the same time, getting out there and trying to understand that some parts of my game are looking good, but trying to work on something else. I can revisit this and make sure that thing is good to go. It’s going to be a constant grind though. Every time you step on the field you have to find something else to get better at.”

Allen has already formed a bond with new wide receiver Andre Roberts. He said it’s more than just football, “We have some good chemistry. Obviously we get to talking. Similar interests off the field, he likes to golf, I like to golf. That’s one thing we have in common. He’s just a super good dude, being able to talk to him. He’s intelligent, he knows the play book, we are able to talk each other, he’s really quick, he’s good in and out of his cuts and like I said he’s smart. He makes a mistake once, we talk about it and he doesn’t make that mistake again. It’s good to have that type of guy. He’s been around the league for a while and he knows his role and he’s still developing and getting better as a football player as well.”

Some of the new players weren’t able to take part in some or all of the team activities. That would include Cole Beasley and Mitch Morse. Allen said he still has been able to learn from them, “It’s been awesome. They’ve been sidelined a little bit and Cole still isn’t doing the team stuff, but just having him for the routes out there and seeing how his body moves, how he gets in and out of cuts, seeing how low he gets to the ground when he makes these cuts. I don’t know if you guys have seen but his hips get so low to the ground, it’s really crazy how shifty he is. It’s good to get that timing with him.

“Mitch, getting him on the field, getting him back into that football shape. There’s nothing like football shape. You can do all this stuff off the field but once you get going in a game or practice situations, these reps add up real quick so we are catching up there and we got to be one person this year, me and Mitch.  That’s what we are working on right now, having that open communication, trying to see the same thing at the same time, we are working on that but it’s been awesome to have those guys out there.”

Things are easier for Allen as this his second time around going through spring practices. The QB said knowing what to expect allowed him to get better, “Absolutely. One, knowing where you are living, knowing where you are playing is a huge advantage. Going through last year’s draft process, training in one spot, traveling to all these different spots and trying to figure out where you are going to play. That is one advantage. Secondly, being in the same system for a year, the same terminology, having such a good rapport with Dabs, knowing the reps that I’m going to get, that’s all been super advantageous for me and I’m super excited that I’ve been able to do that. I’m really trusting what’s around me.”

With minicamp over, the players and coaches finally get to take their vacations. Allen said he will still be working to get ready, “Still try to work out, stay in shape. Actually, working out is going to ramp up during this time to try to get into the best physical condition possible before we get to camp. Still working on mechanics, trying to get something where some of the guys get together and fly out somewhere or fly out to multiple places to go throw with my guys, that’s what I’ll try to do.”

Allen said he will also work some with Jordan Palmer before training camp starts.