The Facts: The Bills are hoping Allen can make considerable progress in his second season as a pro. Thus far, OC Brian Daboll likes the strides the signal-caller has made this offseason. "I think from year one to year two, for any player, is huge," Daboll said Tuesday. "Usually you make a big jump because there are so many unknowns when you come in here. ... Heck, some of these guys can't get the play call out just yet. Josh is understanding of what we try to do here. His input, too, it's a give and take. I have a lot of respect for him and I really appreciate coaching him. He has grown mentally, physically, off the field, on the field as a leader."
Diehards Line:By most accounts from early in offseason workouts, Allen has improved. During an up-and-down rookie campaign, the big-armed signal-caller showed flashes of playmaking ability with bouts of struggles. His improvements down the stretch, however, portended to a developed Year 2 if he made strides in the offseason. The Bills spent the offseason buffering the offense around Allen. From pass-catching additions (John Brown, Cole Beasley, Tyler Kroft, Dawson Knox) to running back depth (Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon, Devin Singletary) to needed offensive line upgrades (Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe, Cody Ford, Quinton Spain), Buffalo has made improvements at every level. Now it's on the second-year quarterback to take those enhancements and excel. According to Daboll, the work his quarterback has done this offseason has helped, but there are still more advances to be made. The Bills' 2019 fortunes rest on Allen becoming the franchise signal-caller he was drafted to be. Hype is offense overvalued in May, but it's better to hear a young QB is making strides in the spring rather than struggling.