Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a better-than-expected rookie season, but that doesn’t mean that the 22-year old will take the easy way out this off-season.
Allen is working with former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer, who has become a noted trainer of young signal callers since his playing days ended. Palmer is the younger brother of another former quarterback—2002 Heisman Trophy winner and 2003 number one overall draft choice Carson Palmer.
Allen worked with Palmer in preparing for the NFL Draft last year, and Palmer earned some credit for helping Allen to improve his fundamentals heading into the draft. With the success Allen had as a rookie, he obviously feels comfortable working with Palmer, and will work with him in Southern California before heading back to Buffalo for mini-camp in April.
“We respect and trust what Jordan does out there,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said. “Certainly just understand Josh’s relationship and trust with Jordan, I think that relationship is a good one. It’s important that they [young players] work with the right people.”
McDermott also noted that he plans to speak with Palmer, checking in at different points throughout the offseason to ensure that his franchise quarterback is working on what he, general manager Brandon Beane, and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll want Allen to improve.
“We’ll be in touch with Jordan and make sure that we’re synced up there as much as possible in terms of terminology, technique, things that we feel like he needs to work on,” McDermott said, adding, “Josh already went out there equipped with much of that when he left Buffalo.”
It seems that McDermott and company are content to allow Allen to continue to grow with a mentor outside of the team’s building, a sign of respect and trust in both Allen and Palmer. If the strides Allen took from his senior season at Wyoming to his rookie season in the NFL are any indication, that trust is well-placed.