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Billieve Podcast: State of the Quarterbacks

Josh Allen enjoyed an MVP-caliber season, but there is uncertainty behind him on the depth chart.

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On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, in the first installment of our State of the Buffalo Bills series, hosts John Boccacino and Jamie D’Amico break down and review the contributions the Bills got from their quarterbacks during the 2020 season.

For the first time since Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly retired following the end of the 1996 season, the Bills are set at the most important position in football.

Josh Allen enjoyed an MVP-caliber season in leading the Bills (13-3) to the AFC Championship game, setting single-season franchise records for passing yards (4,544), completions (396), completion percentage (69.2), TD passes (37), total TDs (46), 300-yard games (8), and passer rating (107.2) while directing an offense that scored the most points (501) in franchise history.

Allen’s play on the field silenced nearly all of his critics. In finishing as runner-up to Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers in MVP voting, Allen’s completion percentage soared more than ten points, from 58.8 to a phenomenal 69.2 in 2020—just the fourth QB in the last 20 years to enjoy at least a 10 percent improvement. His passer rating spiked from 85.3 to 107.2, and he helped Buffalo win its first AFC East title and playoff game in 25 years.

We review the progress Allen made in his third year as Buffalo’s starting quarterback, specifically how he improved his mechanics, his deep ball accuracy, and his performance against the blitz. We also offer up areas where we’d like to see Allen get even better in 2021.

We then take a look at the rest of the quarterback room, which includes Matt Barkley, Jake Fromm and Davis Webb. We address whether Barkley is the answer as Buffalo’s backup quarterback, discuss what the team has in Webb and Fromm, and mention two possible free agents general manager Brandon Beane could sign to significantly upgrade the depth behind Allen.

Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for our thoughts on Buffalo’s quarterbacks, then join the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.


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