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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Can Josh Allen throw farther than Patrick Mahomes?

Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes have two of the best arms in the NFL. But who can throw a football farther? That question came up in Jay Skurski's latest Bills mailbag.

Allen lightheartedly challenged Mahomes to a throw-off during a Super Bowl-week interview. Mahomes seemed somewhat interested, replying, "Who is hosting this event?"

So who would win? It's a hard event to handicap. Allen had the NFL's longest completed pass this season at 63.9 air yards, but that doesn't come close to the top distance each player claims to have thrown. Allen told me after the draft the farthest he had ever thrown a football was 82 yards. Mahomes said last year his farthest throw was 85 yards, though it was wind-assisted.

Allen was clocked throwing a pass at 66 mph at the Senior Bowl and reached a "fingertip speed" of 74.3 mph during a segment with NFL Network's Soul & Science, whatever that means. Mahomes was recorded throwing a football 62 mph in April 2017, though he was wearing a golf polo and dress pants (he added the hardest he ever threw a baseball as a pitcher was 96 mph). The Madden 19 video game gave Allen the maximum throw power, 99, while Mahomes initially got a 97 but had it bumped up to 98 by the end of the season.

Skurski said he'd take Allen in the event. It sounds like Allen might have the slight edge, as long as he's 100 percent healed from his elbow injury ... though if this event ever happens, the winner would probably be whichever player warms up better and takes it the most serious.

Bills continue to keep a lid on expectations: Vic Carucci translated recent developments like this: "Cool your jets on thinking the Bills will be cherry-picking other rosters for game-breaking wide receivers, dominant offensive linemen, a reliable tight end, a top-level running back, a transformative edge rusher, and a cornerback who can play as well as the one whose interception sealed the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory last Sunday – yup, that former Bill named Stephon Gilmore."



Jim Kelly to have surgery: Kelly will have a procedure to remove a cyst pushing up against spinal cord.

One-on-One Coverage: Bill Polian discussed his new venture with the Alliance of American Football, the direction of Bills and Josh Allen's rookie season. His analysis of Allen boiled down to: "He's got a world of talent. He’s got a lot to learn."

Former Bills assistants Danny Crossman, Rick Dennison find new jobs: Crossman, who was fired as the Bills' special teams coordinator this offseason, is staying in the division while Dennision landed in Minnesota.


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