Quarterback Coach Reveals How Bills’ Josh Allen Can Raise his Ceiling

Published 01/10/2021, 12:33 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) stiff-arms Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) while running with the ball during the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Bills have been a surprise package this season. Owing to the performances of Josh Allen and several other players, the Bills were able to secure the second-best record in the AFC, going 13-3.

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The Bills have been playing at a very high level, and now stand as one of the firm favorites to reach the Super Bowl this season.

Quarterback Coach Jordan Palmer spoke to the Buffalo Bills YouTube channel recently. Palmer had worked with Josh Allen and spoke about the quarterback’s ceiling. He called Allen one of the best athletes in the NFL, and one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league today.

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Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to throw against Denver Broncos defensive tackle McTelvin Agim (95) during the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

He said, “I don’t think there’s a ceiling. I think Josh is physically the most gifted athlete we’ve had play this position in the NFL.

“And I understand that it’s a strong statement. I’m not saying that because I am a fan of his or because I work with him…His arm is what it is, strongest in the league. And he also is a runner. He’s not just a fast guy that can run out of bounds.” 

Josh Allen can improve even further

Palmer further added that Allen’s growth is more dependent on his chemistry with his teammates than his own talent. He gave the example of Stefon Diggs. He noted that neither got enough time during pre-season in order to develop chemistry.

“So when you put all those things together, from a talent perspective, that makes that ceiling really high…The biggest area I see for growth isn’t actually due to Josh, it’s due to timing with his players.

“Let’s look at this offseason with Stefon Diggs… They didn’t have any time this offseason to work on specific things, to work on specific routes.” 

Palmer added, “One of the things when you get a new receiver…You want to throw some balls to him low. You want to throw it to him high, you want to throw it outside.

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“I’m going to force it between defenders and see if he goes and gets it. You got to try things it to see what a guy can do, and for him to get used to the way you throw it…”

Palmer showed optimism towards the Bills and Allen’s next season. He believes that with proper time in the off-season, Allen’s chemistry will improve with his teammates, and so will his skillset.

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“Next year, Josh should be able to try all kinds of stuff because there’s no consequence…They haven’t had the chance to really develop the chemistry outside of on Sundays, which is the hardest place to develop chemistry.”

The Bills just defeated the Indianapolis Colts last night in the Playoffs Wild Card Round. As the Playoffs continue, Buffalo faithful will hold out hope that this team will be able to make a strong playoff run. But their run will only get harder, as they continue to play better teams.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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