Developing Josh Allen & creating good habits

Inside The Buffalo Huddle

Since he was selected 7th overall, head coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll have been adamant about ensuring Josh Allen has a solid base to develop from.

Part of that includes reworking some of his mechanics — notably his footwork — to improve concerns about his accuracy.

“It’s a team effort,” Allen said after practice on Wednesday.  “It’s a constant struggle day in and day out to not convert to old ways.  Every day before practice I go out with Shay and try to work on base drill.

“Just try to get as many throws as I can the more repetition I get the better the ball gets out the hand. When things are flowing smoothly, and you feel confident in your throw, that, I’m my opinion, is when you’re more accurate passer.”

I think for any young player, you come into a new system and you learn how the coaches want things done and then you as a coach, you drill it,” Daboll added.  “You drill it pre-practice, you drill it during practice, and there’s different techniques for each position that everybody wants to work on.”

And for Daboll, when it comes to quarterbacks and establishing good habits, it all begins pre-snap.


“Making sure you call the play properly, making sure the receivers are lined up, making sure we’re good on the play clock. Moving into the whole mechanic issue, after the ball snap, it goes into reads,” he added.  “Who are you looking at, the footwork, our movement in the pocket, our ability to reset [and] keep our shoulders perpendicular to the line of scrimmage, keep our eyes down field, know when to run. These are things we work on every day.”

We’ll see how far along Allen has come, when he sees extended time with the first team offense Sunday against the Bengals. Head Coach Sean McDermott expects the starters to play into the second half.

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On the injury front AJ McCarron remains day to day with shoulder sourness.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams did not practice on Friday and no longer had a protective sleeve over his right left. Williams suffered a knee injury a week ago against Cleveland.

As LeSean McCoy continues to battle a groin injury, McDermott said he wants to “err on the side of caution” regarding his 30-year-old back. It’s yet to be determined how much action McCoy will get on Sunday against the Browns.

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