Bills’ Josh Allen is very aware of the pressure NFL QBs face
Josh Allen has been the subject of a lot of criticism ever since the Buffalo Bills drafted him in the first round back then. Any highly drafted quarterback is going to face a lot of scrutiny, but Allen has been placed under a microscope more than usual because of how polarizing of a prospect he was.
Allen has done a good job handling it all, and he knows how to handle the press and expectations. He made that especially evident during a recent interview with Tim Graham of The Athletic.
Graham asked Allen what the most significant burden that comes with being an NFL quarterback was, and the Wyoming product had an interesting answer.
“The pressure that comes with it,” he replied. “Maybe I shouldn’t say pressure, but the expectations that people have and try to put on you. I get here to work and try to improve every day and try to put ourselves in a better position to win games in the fall. Some people just want it now. They want it right now. But we have to take our time and be patient with things because adversity will hit. This is football. We have to learn as a team how to adjust and persevere.”
Allen had an up and down rookie season, although he did flash some promise. He shined more as a runner than a passer, but he didn’t have the best of circumstances.
His offensive line had him running for his life most of the time, and he had what was possibly the league’s worst receiving corp as his weapons. Buffalo has made moves to address both needs so that Allen could be in for a big sophomore campaign. One thing is for certain, and it’s that he won’t be phased by any pressure or adversity.