Will Buffalo Bills star quarterback Josh Allen have another drastic year over year improvement? We look at what he has to improve and whether or not he can be a dark horse NFL MVP candidate.
In this article, we also go over what he already improved last season and break down what the Bills need from him.
What Josh Allen Needs To Improve Next Season
A concern with Josh Allen last season was his deep ball accuracy. Allen lacked the ability to connect on throws over 20 yards. PlayerProfiler.com reveals that Allen ranked 33rd in the NFL, completing only 25 percent of his pass attempts over 20 yards.
The numbers don’t lie and the Bills front office was aware of this. Getting him some help in the offseason was one of their priorities and General Manager Brandon Beane did just that. Trading for Stefon Diggs was a very smart move. In the last three years, Diggs ranks third in the NFL in receiving yards on catches 20 or more yards downfield. He is clearly a reliable target downfield.
Diggs will help Allen in pass attempts over 20 yards and also with his passing yards. The signal-caller ranked 23rd in the league with 3,089 passing yards last season. Improving these two areas will lead to more touchdowns. Taking advantage of a weapon like Stefon Diggs is a must for Allen next season.
What Josh Allen Already Improved Last Season
Allen was able to reduce his turnovers over the course of the season. This is an area that Josh Allen actually did improve on over the course of last season. He threw seven interceptions over the first four games and then had just two in the final 12 games. This after having 12 interceptions in 12 games (11 starts) in 2018.
Josh Allen also needs to improve his fumbles. Last season he had 14 fumbles. Five of them were in the first four games and the most concer
Of those 14 fumbles, the Bills just lost four but that won’t always be the case, he really needs to take much better care of the ball. Minimizing turnovers should be Allen’s main focus if he wants to have an MVP-type season. Completing at least 60 percent of his passes would also help Allen’s case. BetOnline has Allen at +2000 to win the NFL MVP award.
Much More Than a Game Manager
Josh Allen has not completed at least 60 percent of his passes in his first two years in the NFL but he is 15-12 as a starter. Allen led the Bills to a 10-6 record last season and they made the playoffs. The 24-year-old completed 58.8 percent of his passes in 16 games last year and finished with 3,089 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Allen is more comfortable in Brian Daboll’s offense and he’s also become a dual-threat playmaker. He currently has 1,141 rushing yards and touchdowns on 198 carries in 28 career games (27 starts). He still has ball security issues and he might never lead the NFL in passing yards but he’s getting better.
Again, adding Stefon Diggs as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver is very important. It wouldn’t surprise me if Allen finally completes more than 60 percent of his passes this season.