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The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the third of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." (Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)  Part 4 will be published on BNblitz.com Wednesday.  LOS BANOS, Calif. – Josh Allen, all of 9 years old, was a bac…

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Josh Allen got his first taste of being on an NFL field during rookie minicamp over the weekend. Allen recognizes the adjustments he needs to make from his days at Wyoming to play for the Bills. "There’s a few similar concepts, it’s just verbiage is different," he said. "It’s football. The game hasn’t changed. There’s not tons of new concepts every year that go in. O…

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When will Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen make his first start and how many games will he end up playing as a rookie? Bovada recently released its first prop bets for the 2018 NFL season, and among them, was the over/under on games started by the rookie quarterbacks. Here is the rundown: Josh Allen – 10.5 Baker Mayfield – 9.5 Josh Rosen – 8.5 Sam D…

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New Bills quarterback Josh Allen has said he wants to learn. In early March, he got the opportunity to spend three hours with Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells in Jupiter, Fla. Allen was joined by Sam Darnold who was drafted by the Jets. Parcells' former agent, Jimmy Sexton, is part of Creative Arts Agency, which also represents Darnold, and Allen and Sexton made the req…

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The Bills are bringing in a quarterback for a workout, according to report from Benjamin Allbright. Austin Apodaca, who plays for Winnipeg in the CFL, is expected to visit next week, per the report. He most recently played in the Spring League in Texas. He went undrafted in 2017 and signed a two-year deal with the Blue Bombers but was cut in the preseason after going…

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Josh Allen was seven months old when Jim Kelly played his final game for the Bills on Dec. 28, 1996. Kelly was carted off the field with a concussion late in a loss to the Jacksonville, which was also the last time the Bills hosted an NFL playoff game. That tells you how long it has been since they had a true franchise quarterback, and how much was at stake Thursday whe…

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Bills Twitter was fired up about the possibility of the Bills drafting Josh Allen and even more agitated after the Bills traded up to make the Wyoming quarterback the No. 7 pick overall. Asked if he cared about the negative reaction, General Manager Brandon Beane was direct: No. "We have to do what’s best for the Bills," he said. "We understand the position we are in…

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Brent Vigen was among the supporters at the NFL Draft in Texas with Josh Allen. Vigen is Wyoming's associate head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and was the one who recruited him to the school, meaning he has likely spent as much time with Allen as anyone over the last few years. He also recruited Carson Wentz and coached Wentz during the first two years…

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1. He’s the ultimate underdog story. Allen was a zero-star recruit out of Firebaugh High School in Firebaugh, Calif – a small town about 40 miles west of Fresno. Allen grew up on a 3,000-acre farm, which was established in 1975 by his paternal grandfather. Allen wanted to attend Fresno State, which he grew up rooting for, but the coach at the time, Tim DeRuyter, did not of…

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ARLINGTON, Texas – After months of speculation and debate, the Buffalo Bills finally have their quarterback. And they didn't wait for him to fall to them at the 12th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. Having moved up to the No. 7 pick in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bills selected Josh Allen of Wyoming. The Bills did not have to part wi…

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen says the questions about his accuracy and his 56.1 percent completion rate have been "blown out of proportion." But that figure is a key part of the Allen narrative heading into the NFL Draft. The physical traits -- size, big arm -- are obvious. How well and how quickly he can transition to the NFL is the concern. Here are five draft an…

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UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen isn't one to hold his tongue. Two weeks after proclaiming himself as "the best QB in the (upcoming) draft," Rosen told NFL.com that there's a price for his unabashed honesty. "Everyone hates me," the confident 21-year-old Rosen told Michael Silver of NFL.com. "I don't know, everyone kind of likes to be liked. I don't really care as much…

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The more draft picks you have, the better. It's an NFL truism. The draft is a crapshoot, and more picks increase a team's odds of getting good players. Except it's a truism that is trumped by another: A good quarterback is essential to long-term success. There's the rub at the top of the NFL Draft. Every year, teams mortgage the future for a player in the top 1…

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Like any player trapped in the lengthy cycle of pre-draft analysis and overanalysis, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has had his game dissected, his traits as a teammate evaluated, his political views and family background picked through. With the NFL Draft days away, the noise is intensifying that Rosen is "falling" and might not be selected as highly as initially figured.…

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has heard all that he wants to hear about his inaccuracy with the football. When asked by PFT Live about what ongoing chatter has bothered him the most, Allen offered the following: "The inaccuracy issue," Allen said. "Going back to college having a 56-percent completion percentage. Obviously, it's not great. But I think that it's a lit…