Josh Allen: 90-yard throw might be a bit of an exaggeration

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Josh Allen doesn’t know if he can throw the football quite as far as his personal quarterbacks coach thinks he can. But Ryan Flaherty’s declaration that the Wyoming quarterback can throw it 90 yards isn’t far off, Allen said.

Not that he expects to try.

“That’s a pretty bold statement from Ryan Flaherty,” Allen said Friday. “He’s not too far off, but 90’s a tough task. I don’t hope on throwing that. We’ll keep my arm a little under that.”

No one questions Allen’s arm strength. They do question his completion percentage.

Allen completed only 56 percent of his passes in 2016 and 56.3 percent in 2017, ending with a career completion percentage of 56.2.

“Obviously, I’m going to come out and throw tomorrow and hopefully I get to have a good showing at pro day; I plan on it,” Allen said. “Hopefully that kind of eliminates some of the questions. But without live bullets and live action coming at you, we’re not going to find that out until game-time situations, whether that be in minicamp or any of those events leading up to the season. But I’m extremely confident in myself, and we’re working on it, and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll figure it out.”

16 responses to “Josh Allen: 90-yard throw might be a bit of an exaggeration

  1. “Cam Newton’s career completion is 58%.”

    Yeah, but Cam could complete a screen pass.

  2. Brett Hundley even did better than 56%, and did it in the NFL. Then again, more than half of those passes were behind the line of scrimmage, and about 85% were under 10 yards downfield. But he did have 9 TDs and only 12 INTs, which, according to McCarthy, makes for a fantastic season. Packers should’ve kept most of the other coaches and axed McCarthy.

  3. You could look this up. Of the 150 college QB’s with the highest completion percentage, only the 149th ranked one (Roethlisberger) has won a Super Bowl. Point is, college stats are about college football, not the NFL.

  4. wryly1 says:
    March 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm
    You could look this up. Of the 150 college QB’s with the highest completion percentage, only the 149th ranked one (Roethlisberger) has won a Super Bowl. Point is, college stats are about college football, not the NFL.

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    I did look it up… and you missed #32 on the list… He won the most recent Super Bowl, just last month.

    And Big Ben is 49th on the list, not 149.

    Oh, you also missed #57 on the list, one Steve Young.

    Peyton Manning is also in the top 150 all time college career completion % and he’s won the Super Bowl too.

  5. The best way to judge a QB is by watching his game tape. If you can’t tell from his tape, turn it over to someone who can. If nobody in your organization can do it, that’s actually good news. You’ll have the first pick every year, and eventually you’ll get an Elway or Manning.

  6. Of the 150 college QB’s with the highest completion percentage, only the 149th ranked one (Roethlisberger) has won a Super Bowl.
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    Considering the fact it’s a team game, why would the Super Bowl correlate with college completion percentage in the first place?

  7. For all the people putting this kid down already..just remember, Nick Foles is a SUPERBOWL MVP.

  8. I laugh when I see these people ignoring Allen’s completion percentage and are just using his arm strength as a tool to measure against Elway, and other HOF QB’s. Elway played in an era where you could mug the QB and get away with it. Josh Allen played in a league where it could barely be considered D1 with ample QB protections. Take in the account of competition and mechanics, it looks like Christian Hackenberg was a better QB prospect than Allen. It really makes you wonder if this kid or his agent paid some scouts to write glowing reports on him, because I just don’t see it..like at all.

  9. In the history of the draft, only one QB has failed to achieve a 60% completion rate for a season in college and become a franchise QB. His name is Matt Stafford.
    It’s not that it can’t be done, it’s just very unlikely.

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