Two High-Upside Bills Futures To Consider
Based on their active offseason and 2020 outlook, Buffalo is in a fantastic spot to take a leap forward under the guidance of coach Sean McDermott and performance of quarterback Josh Allen
By Dan Karpuc - May 7, 2020, 2:19pm
- DraftKings is listing Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen with +5000 odds to win the 2020 NFL MVP Award (T-13th highest) and coach Sean McDermott with +2000 odds to win the 2020 NFL Coach of the Year honors (T-5th highest).
- After posting 10 passing touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions with 2,074 yards and a 52.8% completion rate during his 12-game rookie 2018 campaign, Allen led the Bills to the playoffs and made some strides in 2019, throwing 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions with 3,089 passing yards and a 58.8% completion rate. While he was more of a threat on the ground during his rookie year (631 yards, eight touchdowns), he was also very effective with his feet in 2019 (510 yards, nine touchdowns). It’s worth mentioning that he put up those numbers with John Brown and Cole Beasley as his primary targets.
- After making a blockbuster trade for Stefon Diggs this offseason, Bills general manager Brandon Beane armed Allen with another 1,000-plus yard caliber receiver to fit in alongside Brown. With Beasley manning the slot, tight end Dawson Knox most likely becoming more involved in his second season and other wideouts like Isaiah McKenzie, Duke Williams and Andre Roberts potentially getting in the mix, Allen is set up to improve his numbers once again.
- Perhaps the team’s second-best offseason addition was running back Zack Moss out of Utah, who was selected with the 86th pick in the 3rd Round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Moss caught 28 passes for 388 yards (13.9 yards per catch) with two scores during his senior season at Utah in addition to his 1,416 rushing yards as a true workhorse. Devin Singletary caught 29 of 41 targets for 194 yards and two touchdowns during his 12 games for the Bills as a rookie and should continue to be looked at in the flat. Both backs are dynamic, will play a role in the passing game, and both can realistically play on all three downs, all of which will support Allen’s overall numbers. At +5000 to win the NFL MVP, he’s a high-upside bet to look at right now, especially if the Bills manage to win the AFC East for the first time since 1995. Sure, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are in better spots and are far superior talents, but a lot of variables come into play throughout the course of a season and Allen’s odds feature a desirable upside.
- If Buffalo does indeed take the division for the first time in two and a half decades, McDermott will most likely be in strong consideration for Coach of the Year honors. Since taking over the reigns back in 2017, he has gone 25-23 in the regular season, but has led Buffalo to two playoff appearances. Getting over the hump with that first playoff win will be essential for the Bills Mafia to fully anoint him as one of the best coaches in the NFL, but first things first: the Bills need to grab that division crown first.
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