Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen took big steps forward during his rookie season but there is one thing he failed to do much, throw into tight coverage. Allen impressed with his big arm but when there was a tight window he backed away from the opportunity and would either throw it away or check it down to someone more open.
After the Bills’ Week 16 loss to the Patriots, Allen explained why he had such a big issue throwing into such tight windows.
“It’s all about timing, trust and the relationship that you have with the guys out there,” Allen said via The Athletic. “We’re still relatively new with each other. To go through and play games like that and have opportunities that were so close but slip away, it definitely gives us confidence as we move forward. We’ll work on them and clean those things up, and in no time we’ll be completing those — having trust on depth, on timing in my drop and expecting guys to be where they are and they’re going to be there.”
It makes a lot of sense that Allen wasn’t comfortable because the Bills did run through a lot of wideouts last year. It also wasn’t a supremely talented group, and that could have played into too. The hope is that with a full offseason working out with the receivers Allen will get on the same page and there will be more tight window throws next year. If he can improve on those throws he should take an even bigger step forward in 2019.