When Josh Allen threw an interception last season, it almost always happened when he was throwing to his left. This summer, the MVP runner-up says he’s working to change that.
In his Zoom conference call with the Buffalo media during last week's organized team activities, Allen spoke about ways he’s trying to improve his game.
Last year, it was all about accuracy. The franchise quarterback for the Buffalo Bills enjoyed a breakout season in 2020, completing an astounding 69.2% of his passes for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns. While Allen has always possessed incredible tools, he worked with quarterback guru Jordan Palmer to clean up his footwork and make better decisions.
His completion percentage rose more than 11 points.
This season, Allen wants to be equally accurate on all sides of the field. Last year, eight of his 10 picks occurred on the left side.
“Just working on in-breaking routes. That's something that maybe wasn't my strongest suit last year,” Allen said. “Just making sure I'm putting it in a catchable spot for these guys to catch and run. That's going to be a huge asset for us to be able hit those type of throws and allow our guys to stay up and stay on the move.”
It promises to be a pivotal season for Allen, who’s on the cusp of securing a lucrative long-term extension. Allen has downplayed his incoming payday all offseason, saying it’s the “least most important thing” he’s worried about.
"I'm not really looking to be that poster child, or whatever," Allen said. "I'm just trying to be the best quarterback for the Bills that I can be and the best version of myself every time I step in this facility.”
It’s easy to be cool when you know you’re going to get paid. Spotrac pegs Allen’s value at $42 million annually, which would make him the NFL’s second-highest paid player.
Almost every elite quarterback works each offseason to improve different facets of their game. For example, Tom Brady said he’s going to work on his speed this spring and summer, as if he needs any more fine-tuning.
Opponents around the league are probably saying the same about Allen. We’re bracing for another year of highlights, and fewer interceptions thrown to the left.