Josh Allen is now officially an elite NFL quarterback. Yes, we already knew that, but now we have validation from those who work inside of the league.
ESPN recently published its annual list of the NFL’s top-10 quarterbacks, polling executives, coaches and players. While one person ranked Allen as the second-best passer-thrower in the league, the average rankings placed Allen at No. 5.
What a difference one year makes.
“The growth was pretty impressive,” said an NFL offensive coach. “There were times when he was so in command of the offense, and when he’s on top of his protections pre-snap, he’s incredibly tough to beat.”
Though Allen shined in an array of games last season, evaluators pointed towards his four-touchdown performance against the San Francisco 49ers on “Monday Night Football,” as well as his 324-yard outing against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card Round as two of his marquee games. It's hard not to mention, though, Allen's Monday night game in New England against the Patriots, when he passed for 320 yards and four scores.
With a new contract coming up, Allen will soon be one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, and he deserves it. The only quarterbacks ranked ahead of him are Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
Allen has continued to work on his game this offseason, looking very sharp in a training video released last week.
Given the ages of Brady and Rodgers (43 and 37, respectively), it’s fair to say Allen is even more desirable right now than two of the all-time greats. At 25-years-old, he’s just getting started.