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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What should we think about Josh Allen's rookie completion percentage?

In the lead-up to last year's draft, Josh Allen got hammered for completing only 56.3 percent of his passes during his senior season at Wyoming. Yet, Allen completed an even lower percentage of passes during his rookie season with the Bills, finishing with a 52.8 completion percentage.

Mark Gaughan dug into the numbers to see just how concerned we should be with that stat.

"There are so many factors that impact completion percentage that it’s risky to draw too many conclusions from comparing his last college season and his first Bills campaign," Gaughan wrote. QB analyst Jim Kubiak offered reason for optimism: "He did improve as the season went on this year, which tells me he is working on these things. If he understands the footwork, placement and the technique he is striving for he can definitely achieve better consistency and accuracy."

Reading the article, I was reminded of a quote that Jordan Palmer, Allen's personal quarterback coach and friend, gave before last year's draft. He said Allen's college completion percentage "was pretty good, given his situation," referring to the talent around him at Wyoming. If you bought into that line of thinking last year, it probably still holds up after seeing the supporting cast the Bills put around him in 2018.

Anyway, if nothing else, check out the story for the wonderful graphic created by Deputy Design Director Jason Baum that breaks down Allen's passing success by zone, showing where he improved and where he has room for growth (part of the graphic can be seen above if viewing this post on or our app).



Kyle Williams will be a TV analyst during the NFL Scouting Combine: Kyle Williams was always great with the media. Now, he'll join NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest to provide commentary as defensive line prospects go through drills during the Combine on March 3.

Bills sign C/G Spencer Long, re-sign CB Lafayette Pitts: The Bills took a step toward addressing a major need on the offensive line by signing Spencer Long, who was released by the Jets earlier this month. Long could slot in at left guard or could also compete for the center job. Pro Football Focus wasn't kind to Long's performance as a center last season but gave him adequate marks after switching back to left guard, which brought his season grade up to 45.4. His best season came as Washington's left guard in 2015, earning an 80.4 from PFF.


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