Josh Allen: I think I can be better at protecting myself when I run

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As Bills quarterback Josh Allen displayed in last week’s season opener, running the football is a key part of what makes him special.

But when Allen runs as he did in the victory, he also subjects himself to some significant hits. And that can take a toll, particularly on a quarterback.

That’s something Allen is aware of. And he admitted he has room for improvement when it comes to protecting himself as he runs.

“I think I can be better in that aspect,” Allen said in his Wednesday press conference. “But given the circumstances of what it was, understanding the flow of the game — I do things sometimes that are necessary in my eyes to help our team win a football game. That’s all it is. But at the end of the day, availability is the best ability. So, just understanding that and getting down and not taking too many hits — that’s year-in and year-out.”

Allen finished the Week One contest 26-of-31 for 297 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 10 times for 56 yards with a TD.

“At the end of the day, I’m just trying to be the best quarterback I can be for the Bills, best teammate I can be for the other 52 guys in this locker room,” Allen said. “So whatever that may be — handing the ball off 100 times, throwing 100 times, just trying to help this team win football games.”

But Allen is aware that there needs to be a balance between making one play and being available to make the next 10. We’ll see what Allen’s approach is on Monday night when the team hosts the Titans.

16 responses to “Josh Allen: I think I can be better at protecting myself when I run

  1. Especially those designed runs up the middle against the Rams. They were awkward and dangerous. I’m sure Bills fans held their breath each time.

  2. When he ran up 3 scores with 6 minutes left to go on a first down… BAD IDEA.

  3. Need to let running back do more of this. Singletary and Moss are OK, but Bills offensive line is pretty good, so maybe they need a stud running back. How about dealing Keenum or Barkley to the Cowboys for Pollard?(Not likely I know!)

  4. Mike Vick ran a ton, wasn’t injured often & had a long career (self derailment be damned)…Josh Allen is built much differently than Mike Vick. Heck, he hurdles linebackers (see Barr, Anthony), he’s going to be fine.

  5. Run like the wind Josh. It sets you apart from the rest of the crowd.
    An accurate Howitzer with great wheels who actually reads defenses well.
    Any town in the NFL would be glad to have him as their franchise QB.

  6. Don’t be Cam Newton. Now Josh is still an NFL QB without his legs, while Cam was an RB who could throw the ball but still, don’t lose your ability to run with unnecessary hits.

  7. For some reason, people think Allen is invincible and Lamar is brittle. Lamar even gets out of bounds on a lot of his runs without getting hit and Allen takes on defenders like he’s THE running back. Last time I checked, a knee is a knee and an ankle is an ankle. Don’t matter how big you are when it comes to those body parts.

  8. After that stiff arm he gave in the LA Rams game, I think the defenders should get better at protecting themselves when Josh runs.

  9. You are going to have to be better at protecting yourself because there are enough dirtbags on defense that will take you out because your life doesn’t matter.

  10. If both ram full speed and hit shoulder I’d bet my house on Josh Allen standing instead of Lamar Jackson. That’s a sure thing.

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