Allen’s performance will be the pivotal factor that can finally lift the Bills to the mountaintop of success. With the increased franchise commitment to building around him, Buffalo hopes to see their star quarterback make a particular change to his playing style to keep him healthy for years ahead.
Josh Allen ascends to NFL stardom
Through his first four seasons, Allen has become one of the game’s best talents.
The Wyoming product is the anchor for the Bills’ rise toward earning recognition as one of the league’s best teams. His numbers speak for themselves beyond the consistent success with playoff appearances in the last three consecutive years.
Allen became the first player in NFL history to record at least 100 passing touchdowns and 30 rushing touchdowns in his first four seasons. He holds the Bills’ single-season record with 46 touchdowns and is the first player in franchise history with back-to-back 4,000 passing-yard campaigns.
As Allen pushes forward, the Bills are hoping their star quarterback can make a notable change to his playing style.
Josh Allen must abide by the Bills’ request to change his game
Allen’s ascension to one of the league’s top quarterbacks has put a promising career trajectory ahead.
Over the last couple of campaigns, Allen has helped transform the Bills into a Super Bowl contender, which earned him a six-year, $258 million extension last offseason. With the increased commitment, the Bills hope the 25-year-old can do his part to stay healthy.
Head coach Sean McDermott recently voiced that will include Allen rushing the ball less moving forward.
“Yeah, we want to evolve,” McDermott said via Judy Battista of NFL Media. “We’re always trying to evolve — on the field, off the field, schematically — and in this case with Josh’s running or the amount of times that we run him, we have to continue to evolve that way and making sure we’re doing right by him by doing right by our team. So, we are going to keep a close eye on that. But the one thing we will never take from Josh is his competitive nature and spirit. So, he’s going to do it when he’s going to do it.”
Allen is coming off a campaign where he rushed 122 times for 763 yards and six touchdowns. He has topped more than 100 carries in the last three straight years. His unique rushing ability has drawn comparisons to Cam Newton. Allen has proven to be a highly effective runner, but the physical wear and tear over the long haul have the Bills wanting a change in their quarterback’s willingness to run.
He has the physical build at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds to withstand the hits, but that can take its toll on him over time. The Bills simply don’t want him to physically decline because of his heavy usage in the running game.
Buffalo needs him to remain as healthy as possible for the long haul, as he will be the key to the team’s Super Bowl contention in the years ahead. Beyond that, Allen is under contract through the 2028 campaign while being among the highest-paid players.
The Bills have their entire future invested in him, and cutting down his running is essential.
Bills star quarterback should use Aaron Rodgers as the blueprint
Josh Allen’s involvement in the running game won’t dissipate entirely, but a slightly lower usage rate will likely unfold.
Allen remains a massive part of the rushing attack, which the Bills must find ways to incorporate him less by using their running back stable Devin Singletary, Zach Moss, and recently signed Duke Johnson more. Meanwhile, the team can still utilize the star quarterback in advantageous scenarios like goal-line situations or short-yardage runs.
The 25-year-old must also adopt more of Aaron Rodgers’s approach with rushing. Rodgers remains a nimble runner, but he picks and chooses when he should use legs to move the chains or keep the defense off-kilter. He has seen the number of rush attempts decrease as he ages, but it’s still a factor that opposing defenses have to remain mindful of that.
As Allen ages and garners more experience, he will better understand preserving his body for the long haul.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.