The last time Josh Allen was third on a quarterback depth chart was in 2014 when he spent one season at Reedley Community College in California.
“I was maybe third or maybe even fourth my first three or four games,” the Bills rookie quarterback told reporters following Thursday’s practice.
Throughout the Bills’ first week of OTAs, that’s exactly where the Bills’ seventh overall pick was — on the third team. He was just fine with that.
“The challenge of that is getting a limit to the amount of reps. Especially (Wednesday), it was split up where the ones and two got more than the threes,” he said. “At the same time, it’s me standing back there and trying to take mental reps and trying to learn from what AJ (McCarron) and Nathan (Peterman) are doing (while) staying engaged the entire time.”
“All of them really have had their moments up to this point in the offseason,” Head Coach Sean McDermott told reporters on Thursday. “We look forward to them continuing to grow, continuing to embrace that growth mindset.”
Allen was criticized for his completion percentage in college, but was heralded throughout the draft process for his arm strength. It’s an attribute that could help him “zip” the ball into tight throwing windows in the NFL.
“The game just move a little bit faster. It’s not like these guys run so much faster, they’re so much bigger than the guys in college, it’s jus that they’re smarter. They know where they need to be. They get the route recognition a lot faster, a lot quicker. They’re jumping on ball now.
“We’ve got guys that are fantastic players — Micah Hyde, (Jordan) Poyer, and then you’ve got a vet like Vontae Davis out there and he’s pushing our receivers to be better and making sure that, as quarterbacks, we’re putting the ball where it needs to be.”
The quarterback added, practicing against the Bills excellent secondary can benefit his own growth and development as a rookie entering the league.
“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” Allen said. “That’s the kind of mindset that, when you’re practicing, you should have. You should be able to look across to the guy next to you and the guy that you’re competing with and say, ‘I’m going to make you better, you’re going to make me better’ and go at it like that.”
The Bills return to the field May 29-31 for another session of organized team activities.