Bills Mailbag: Now’s not the time to rein in Josh Allen’s running

Bills quarterback Josh Allen is electric as a runner – even if it does expose him to some more hits than other quarterbacks.

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Jay Skurski

Welcome to the Bills Mailbag, divisional-round style. Let’s get right to your questions …

Larry asks: First off, I am a huge Josh Allen fan and appreciate the skills and effort he has contributed to making the Bills a regular playoff contender. However, it makes me crazy to see Allen run without taking any measures to protect the football. While Allen has significantly reduced his fumbles this year, he is still fumbling at a rate twice that of elite quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. I realize that Allen runs more than both of them, but the Bills lost all five one-score games this year (four against playoff teams) and can’t afford unnecessary turnovers in their effort toward a Super Bowl run. Since Sean McDermott hates turnovers, why doesn’t he “encourage” Allen to protect the ball more when he runs? He has certainly done this with other players.

J.N. Johnson asks: I have a growing concern that Bills are turning Josh Allen into Cam Newton 2.0. In the time Josh has been here, we have had an average offensive line and running backs. They are using Josh’s physical skills (particularly rushing) to advance the team in the short term, making it more likely he burns out physically early…

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