Josh Allen has become known for making some headlines this time of year, whether it’s for visors, shorts, or highlight reel pass plays during training camp.
One thing Allen hadn’t done yet was play in any of the Bills preseason games. That is until Saturday’s 19-0 win against the Green Bay Packers.
When asked how it felt to get his first half of game action this season, the QB spoke to what getting those reps meant.
“Yeah it felt good,” Allen said while addressing the media. “Obviously getting out there and feeling real live reps, and you know, live bullets flying at ya. It’s preseason so we’re not gonna overreact to anything. But we went out there, we executed like we should have, and at the end of the day that’s all you can ask for.”
In short action over two quarters and three possessions, the Bills QB1 was 20 for 26 on the day, with 194 passing yards and two touchdowns, which was good for a 122.0 passer rating.
“I think it let some of the guys know the type of team, the type of offense that we are. How we’re going to operate, how we’re going to do things. Some of the newer guys, it’s just kind of eye-opening to be like, this is how we do things, and again it’s valuable reps for them as well,” Allen continued. “Guys just being able to feel and experience that here, that’s big for us and I think that’s going to pay dividends in the regular season.”
In a potential Super Bowl opponent matchup, the Bills looked solid, as did Allen.
The QB spread the offense around in the passing game, looking ready to continue to build on their momentum from last season. The first of his two touchdowns was a sight Bills fans may be seeing more of in the future, completing a 31-yard pass to Gabriel Davis.
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“That play to Gabe especially, we hadn’t thrown that ball at all, we’d never gotten that repped ’cause we just never got that look, so to get a look like that and throw it and get that rep that counts, that’s going to stay in the memory bank,” Allen said about the play. “It’s added reps, it’s knowledge to the memory bank there, and I appreciate those reps.”
With the crowd noise of 50,000 Bills fans once more filling the stadium after a pandemic season saw mostly empty seats during games last year, the players on the field weren’t the only ones getting in regular-season shape. The crowd in attendance brought energy and noise, even causing a delay of game
“Forcing a timeout too and causing a false start or a delay of game, that’s huge… it’s reps for the fans too,” Allen added.
Next up, the Bills will prepare for the teams’ NFL week one matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.