It’s hand-size season again, and Josh Allen has big ones

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Josh Allen is willing to try to turn the Browns around. It’s a big job. Thankfully he has the hand size to handle it.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year, when we determine whether quarterbacks are able to play in the NFL by the span from their thumb to their pinkie finger.

According to Josh Norris of NBC Sports, Wyoming’s Josh Allen came in at a healthy 10-1/8 inches. That’s the biggest of this year’s crop of Senior Bowl quarterbacks. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com has all the measurements, and the guy everyone will be asking about later is Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, who isn’t playing in the Senior Bowl and not just because he has 9-1/8-inch hands. (He actually has a foot injury, no word on his shoe size.)

Hand size is an actual quantifiable thing, and it has an actual football application. The bigger your hands are, the easier it is to grip the ball (especially in bad conditions) and throw it accurately and well.

But it also takes on a life of its own this time of year, when NFL scouts log every bit of information possible and the internet dissects it to a ridiculous degree.

The Rams moved up and drafted Jared Goff even though he had little bitty hands. Some guys with tiny hands even go to get them stretched, so they don’t feel inadequate when they get to the Scouting Combine.

Is it ridiculous? Sometimes. But that’s never stopped scouts, or us, from talking about it.

26 responses to “It’s hand-size season again, and Josh Allen has big ones

  1. I think Jimmy Garoppolo proved that hand size was wrong. The year he was drafted all they kept talking about before the draft was QB Hand size, how Johnny Football Manziel had one of the bigger hands and Jimmy Garoppolo had one of the smaller ones. It was a prime reason Jimmy G went to the second round. all these sports journalist and even this website was knocking his hand size. Now look whose the stud and whose out of the league.

  2. Your hands could look like a bunch of bananas and if you can’t adjust to the pro game, it is all for naught.

  3. Hand size is an indicator of success but one of the weakest. It’s the easiest thing to measure so people glom onto it as though it’s the most important factor there is. Teddy Bridgewater’s hands are 9.25″, which is on the smaller side, but PFF rated him as the most accurate quarterback in the NFL in 2015. His hands are 1/8″ smaller than Aaron Rodgers’. If you want to know how good a quarterback is, watch him play.

  4. I don’t understand the mocking attitude here. Sports are played on a physical field involving physical feats, and QBs have to hold the ball a TON. This isn’t a “major” item, but it isn’t nothing either. There is a lot more to being a good QB that easily overwhelms something like smaller hands, but you’ll appreciate it if , all else being equal, your QB has bigger hands when a monster pass rusher wraps him up when he’s holding the ball in his throwing hand and is able to avoid fumbling.

  5. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 23, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Hand size is an indicator of success but one of the weakest. It’s the easiest thing to measure so people glom onto it as though it’s the most important factor there is. Teddy Bridgewater’s hands are 9.25″, which is on the smaller side, but PFF rated him as the most accurate quarterback in the NFL in 2015. His hands are 1/8″ smaller than Aaron Rodgers’. If you want to know how good a quarterback is, watch him play.
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    I’m a Packers fan and I have no clue how big Aaron Rodgers’ hands are. vikings fans’ obsession with any and all things Packers has officially been taken to a new level.

  6. Bordner…

    Wrong. Dead wrong. You know as well as any other packer fan on this site that packer fans have a creepy obsession with teddy Bridgewaters hand size. Look at the second comment. That’s a packer fan. I’m fact, any story on this site about Teddy Bridgewater on this site results in at least a dozen packer fans posting something like “tiny hands teddy” or some other way to try to insult him.

    Nice try though. Typical packer fan trying to change the narrative that they started. You just don’t like that all your criticism/attempts at jokes of Teddy Bridgewaters hands have actually blown up in your face when you realize your prized QB has hands almost exactly the same size as teddy.

  7. Ever wonder why Daunte Culpepper fumbled the ball so much? Yeah, his pocket awareness was awful, but he also had tiny hands…so did Ricky Williams (a RB, but same issue). Sounds funny, but it’s really a thing and you don’t appreciate it until you realize your team’s crappy QB has little sausage fingers.

  8. feckyerlife – hand size is not why Jimmy wasn’t a 1st rounder lol give me a break. It was the fact that he played div II Eastern Illinois as opposed to SEC. Because people always have such hard ons for power conference quarterbacks. Never once did i hear anyone say “oh i’d take him to be a franchise QB if his hands were an inch bigger”, it was always about the level of competition. Same reason people said Wentz wouldn’t be able to handle the NFL. It’s because people are always so busy worrying about WHERE a guy plays as opposed to HOW a guy plays.

  9. In Teddy We Trust – yeah i remember the talk of Bridgewaters hands being a bit small, and yeah he was still decently accurate (albeit in a very basic vanilla passing scheme where he was asked to do very little)

    But he also had 11 fumbles in 2 seasons, so there’s that……

  10. In Teddy We Trust – so QB hand size really doesn’t matter in terms of throwing accuracy, that’s kind of a pointless point you tried to make. But when it comes to getting hit and having to grip the ball through contact, especially outdoors in wet or cold weather when the ball is frozen solid or slippery, then smaller hands will equal more security issues. Outside of that, it really doesn’t have much effect on anything.

  11. halfcentaur – The story said that hand size helps with accuracy, which is why I made the point. Teddy’s 11 fumbles in 2 seasons is a worse point because he averages 0.38 fumbles per game. That’s better than Russell Wilson (0.57), Ben Roethlisberger (0.45), Tom Brady (0.44), Aaron Rodgers (0.44), and Drew Brees (0.40), all of whom have bigger hands than Bridgewater. Tony Romo was famous for having small hands and his fumble rate was 0.40. I haven’t done an extensive study of the correlation between hand size and fumble rate, but you can’t say Bridgewater is fumbling a lot because of hand size.

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