Allen: “Thankful” to learn from Jim Kelly

Inside The Buffalo Huddle

The Bills continued organized team activities continued for the third straight but were thin at wide receiver on Tuesday.

John Brown was not on the field while Zay Jones and Cole Beasley were both sidelined due to injury.

After dazzling a week ago with his ball placement, quarterback Josh Allen and the offense didn’t have the greatest of days — with interceptions and false starts.

At one-point, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll ripped into the group for their sloppy play.

While it’s early in the offseason there is still plenty of opportunity for growth.

“You have to have your own DNA. You have to know who you are, and I think that’s one of the most important things about being quarterback, knowing yourself and knowing how certain things feel,” Allen said following practice.

If you’re reading a concept a certain way and you just don’t like it, being able to communicate that with your offensive coordinator or the quarterback coach and trying to switch something or get rid of that concept in total.

That’s where Dabs [Brian Daboll] has been really good and helpful with me. We spend a lot of time going over concepts that we like, concepts that we are just okay on and concepts that we don’t like and getting rid of the concepts we don’t like. Moving on, seeing some film, adapting our ideas and trying out new things in practice and that’s what OTA’s are really for. Trying new things and seeing what works and seeing what won’t.

In terms of that growth, Jim Kelly has been sitting in on meetings with the offense. Both Allen and head coach Sean McDermott know the benefit of having the Hall of Famer around.

“It’s always good to get new ideas, especially from a guy like Jim who is a Hall of Famer and played at the highest level for a very long time,” Allen said.  For myself, just kind of picking his brain and talking and seeing what he did on film and actually being able to ask him what his thought process was on a certain concept. You see it nowadays too, football has not changed that much. They ran the same concepts that we still run to this day so in order to pick his brain has been really good for me.

Allen added he was thankful to be able to learn from Kelly.

It really boils down to, like I said before, us trying to find every way possible to improve our football team.  I’ve stood up here before and told you guys we look at every way to improve our football team and this is no different, said McDermott.  Jim is a Hall of Famer, and to me it would ignorant of us not to have a relationship with Jim. Sometimes asking him “hey what do you think”, we’ve got a younger quarterback, so all of that’s healthy, all of that’s good.  At the end of the day, Brian will be the one calling the plays and we’ll move forward with that. You guys can work out that much yourselves.

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