The standards for quarterback development have changed drastically in recent years. In the past, it was commonplace to draft a first-round quarterback and keep him on the bench for a season or more. That isn't the case now, as rookie quarterbacks are expected to be good from the jump.
That's what makes Josh Allen's development so unique. The Buffalo Bills' quarterback showed flashes early on, but he generally held this team back over his first two years as a starter. However, he's been a legitimate MVP candidate in year three. In fact, the statistical leap he's made is absolutely jarring.
Over his first 16 games, Allen threw 13 touchdowns to 18 interceptions. But over the following 16, the Bills' star has tossed 29 TDs to just 4 INTs.
And he's looked better than ever in 2020. Through four games, Allen has thrown 12 TDs to 1 INT, averaging 331.5 passing yards per game. He's thrown for 300-plus yards in three of his four starts on the year. That's insane considering he had never reached 300 passing yards in any of his 28 games prior to this year.
He's also made this leap while still being one of the league's most dominant dual-threat quarterbacks. Allen had 8 rushing TDs as a rookie, 9 in his second year and he's already racked up 3 scores on the ground in 2020.
Allen is arguably the league's most physically gifted quarterback. If he keeps developing at this rate, this sky is the limit for the Bills' gunslinger.
He currently has the fourth-best odds (+1000) to take home the NFL's 2020 MVP award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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