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Senior Bowl QB report: Josh Allen on target on Day 3

MOBILE, Ala. — Wyoming's Josh Allen had his best day of the week in the third North team practice Thursday at the Senior Bowl. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield looked just as good or better for a third straight day.

Allen was inconsistent with his accuracy the first two days. Not Thursday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. In the first two 1-on-1 sessions, he was on target on 16 of 17 passes. Five of them were incomplete, but all but one was placed in a good spot.

Later on in red-zone drills, Allen hit TD strikes on 4 of 6 throws, including a pretty fade in the corner of the end zone to Iowa State's Allen Lazard and a tight-window strike over the middle to Boise State's Cedrick Wilson.

"I absolutely feel that I improved every day," Allen said. "It takes time, especially being in an NFL system and throwing with new guys you've never thrown with before. Coming out here, I felt I performed pretty well today."

Allen said he met with the Buffalo Bills this week in Mobile, which is no big deal because the Bills will meet with all of the top prospects in the draft. But Allen did drop Sean McDermott's favorite phrase "it's a process" twice in post-practice interviews Thursday.

Asked if he wanted to be viewed as the QB in the draft, Allen said: "That's the goal for everybody. I'm not going to sit up here and say I'm the best quarterback because everybody wants to be the best. It's a process. I know I'm not a perfect quarterback."

"Obviously we cleaned up some things, and I'm getting down some more timing with receivers, being more in tune with the playbook, going out there and having fun," Allen said. "There's still a couple balls I wish I had back. Live and learn."

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The 6-foot-5 Allen is a potential top-five pick in the draft.

Meanwhile, the Heisman Trophy-winning Mayfield had a strong showing again and was the most effective of the eight quarterbacks in the all-star practices.

The 6-foot Mayfield, also a high first-round candidate, did not have one off-target throw in 1-on-1 or team drills. That was a 25-for-25 showing, not counting one throw-away, although not all were completed.

"The coaching staff has been unbelievable," Mayfield said of the Denver Broncos' aides. "It's been a great experience being around them, learning from them and competing against some of the best quarterbacks in the country and being around the rest of the guys around the hotel."

Mayfield may not be staying for Saturday's game. His mother is ill back home in Austin, Texas. After practice he said, "gotta go see my momma."

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