Bills quarterback Josh Allen said his top offseason priority was “consistently delivering the ball where it needs to be,” acknowledging and addressing one of his largest perceived shortcomings Tuesday, the second day of organized team activities.
“Ball placement is huge, especially in this league,” Allen said. “The type of concepts that we have, trying to get the ball to our playmakers where they can make some plays, that was a huge emphasis. We’re still working it. That is something that will never change. You always want to try to work on ball placement.”
Allen completed just 52.8 percent of his passes in 12 games as a rookie last season, which ranked last among 33 quarterbacks who played in at least eight games, according to ProFootballReference.com.
According to Pro Football Focus, Allen was last among qualified QBs with a 62.1 adjusted completion percentage. Under pressure, his adjusted completion percentage plummets to 45.2 percent. Adjusted completion percentage accounts for drops, throwaways, spikes, batted passes and throws where the QB is hit on his release.
His 67.9 quarterback rating was second-worst among that group, with only former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (66.7) ranking lower.
Allen completed 169 of 320 pass attempts for 2,074 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 631 yards and eight touchdowns on 89 carries.
Allen, who turned 23 on Tuesday, said he expects better from himself this season.
He opened OTAs as the unquestioned starting quarterback — “it’s a complete 180 feeling from last year to this year,” Allen said — a year after being drafted seventh overall out of Wyoming.
“As far as knowing the playbook, I would say I’m leaps and bounds ahead,” Allen said. “Having that year under my belt in the same system is huge, for a young quarterback especially. You look at some of the better quarterbacks in the league, they’ve been under their offensive coordinator for a few years. That helps, just knowing what’s going on, you don’t really have to think about it, you just play football.”