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Graham: Josh Allen & Randall Cunningham

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Over the last few weeks, we've seen Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen make plays not only with his arms but with his legs.  He ran for 99 yards in the win over the Jags and 135 more against the Dolphins, inspiring this week's essay from The Athletic's Tim Graham.

By: Tim Graham, The Athletic

Who knew when the Bills drafted Josh Allen that they had landed the next coming of Randall Cunningham.

Remember when Cunningham made the cover of Sports Illustrated with a headline that called him The Ultimate Weapon? Remember when Cunningham scrambled around Bruce Smith and the rest of the Bills to fire a pass from his own end zone that traveled 60 yards in the air and turned into a 95-yard touchdown?

Yeah, that was fun stuff. And that's the type of quarterbacking we've seen from Josh Allen the past couple weeks. Rocket arm strength and otherworldly scrambling abilities.

We knew Allen could run a little, but the rookie has a chance to be only the fourth non-running back since the NFL-AFL merger to lead his team in rushing yards. Russell Wilson did it with the Seahawks last year. Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass was the first to do it in 1972.

In between, Cunningham led the Eagles in rushing four times.

LeSean McCoy has only 89 more rushing yards than Allen has ... and Allen missed 19 quarters due to being the backup or his elbow injury.

With four games to go, Allen's 389 yards already is the fifth-best rushing season by any Bills quarterback.

Now, McCoy could pull away from Allen today against the Jets. McCoy's only big day this year was the first game against the Jets, when he rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

But Allen doesn't have to finish atop the Bills' rushing list to prove he's a genuine dual threat. The kid has shown it. Last week at Miami, Allen rushed for 135 yards and accounted for 88 percent of Buffalo's
offense one week after accounting for 79 percent against Jacksonville.

It's too early to call him the next Randall Cunningham, but aside from punting -- as Cunningham would -- or kicking the extra points -- like Douglass once did -- I don't see how Allen can be any more ultimate of a weapon than we've seen lately.
 


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