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ing’s Josh Allen is one of the more polarizing rookie quarterbacks drafted in the last decade. Some scouts love his big arm http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-rafael-bush-jersey , pocket presence, and mobility, and they feel he will be a perennial Pro Bowler. Others think he is the most likely quarterback to bust from the Class of 2018, citing his poor completion percentage (56.2 percent) and his 16-11 record during parts of three years at Wyoming. Declaring for the draft as a redshirt junior, the Buffalo Bills traded up and selected Allen with the No. 7 overall pick in the NFL Draft. They have given him every opportunity to show off his rocket arm and athleticism so far in the preseason. We asked Football Outsiders for thoughts on what they have seen from Allen so far, and about his potential in Buffalo. “The sky is the limit if Allen can actually be coached to play football well, which is the reason why he is ‘polarizing’ rather than ‘maligned’,” Rivers McCown said. “Because he was not even a good college quarterback. Drafting Allen in the first round was like when baseball teams used to select pitchers that threw 100 miles per hour and figured they could make them learn how to actually pitch later.”Allen’s play has generated plenty of buzz this preseason, and he has shown a lot of potential in completing 18-of-32 passes (56 percent completion rate), for 176 yards with two touchdowns and a 92.7 quarterback rating. This preseason success has not swayed Football Outsiders’ original pre-draft opinion of Allen: that he is a gifted athlete with all the physical tools in the world http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-ryan-groy-jersey , while also representing as risky of a pick as there was among rookie quarterbacks, especially considering the decrease in his yards per attempt from his sophomore season to his junior year (from 8.6 in 2016 to 6.7 in 2017). “Allen had the worst QBASE score of any quarterback in this draft class. He struggled to dent college defenses like Oregon and Iowa. He was drafted in the first round because he is tall and because his arm generates ridiculous amounts of velocity,” McCown said. “Every piece of empirical evidence we have on Allen leads to him being a failure. Even the big-armed guys like Joe Flacco and Derek Carr have struggled to actually complete deep balls in the NFL, and they are far more polished than Allen is at this point. If the Bills turn him into a great quarterback, awesome. I’ll be happy for them and happy for your readership. But it is incredibly hard for me to believe that will happen.”The Football Outsiders Almanac is available now.Podcast: Previewing Bills vs. Titans and Week 5 with Music City Miracles The Buffalo Bills (1-3) return home to New Era Field for the first time in three weeks when Buffalo hosts the Tennessee Titans (3-1) in a 1 p.m. Eastern clash Sunday afternoon. The Bills are searching for consistency on offense following a two-week stretch where they scored 27 points in a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, but followed up with a shutout in Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers in Week 4. What version of Brian Daboll’s offense will show up vs. the Titans? That and many more topics are discussed on the new and improved Billieve: a Buffalo Rumblings Podcast.On the latest edition of podcast, we have everything you need to know to get ready for the game between the Bills and the Titans. Each week during the regular season, our podcast will feature an in-depth interview with a blogger from the opposing team’s website. This week, co-host John Boccacino was joined by Jimmy Morris from Music City Miracles — apologies to Bills Mafia for the blatant reference to the 2000 Wild Card game, which may or may not have included an illegal forward pass to propel the Titans to a 22-16 win — to dissect this match up.Boccacino and co-host Anthony Marino also gave their keys to the game http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-corey-bojorquez-jersey , which had Buffalo opening up as a five-point underdog vs. the Titans. Hear what our podcast duo had to say about these topics and more.After breaking down the Titans’ red-hot start to the season — including a Week 4 win where Tennessee rallied from a 17-3 deficit to knock off the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, 26-23 in overtime — the development of Marcus Mariota was discussed. Mariota has taken a giant leap forward with his development under new head coach Mike Vrabel, as has his No. 1 wide receiver, Corey Davis, who broke out in a big way when he amassed 161 receiving yards and the game-winning TD on nine catches vs. Philadelphia. The two addressed the important Week 5 battle between Davis and CB Tre’Davious White, who in his second year in Buffalo has emerged as a lockdown cornerback. Another key to the game: how the Bills offensive line will need to play at its best to slow down Jurrell Casey, Harold Landry, and an aggressive Titans defense that has amassed 12 sacks in four games. Boccacino and podcast co-host Anthony Marino also discussed what Buffalo needs to do to get back in the win column, with both of our podcasters billeiving that a heavy dose of LeSean McCoy and the running game, along with more short passes http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-star-lotulelei-jersey , should set the stage for Josh Allen to succeed vs. Tennessee. This will be the 46th meeting between these teams. The Titans lead the all-time series 28-17.The last time the Bills hosted the Titans, Tennessee rallied for a 35-34 win on Oct. 21, 2012 as Matt Hasselbeck connected with Nate Washington on the game-winning touchdown with 1:03 remaining. Morris admits this could be a trap game for the Titans coming off their win over the Eagles, while Boccacino predicts the Bills will hang around before falling late to the Titans. Marino, on the other hand, perhaps still reeling from the crushing shutout loss in Lambeau, predicted the Titans to roll to their fourth-straight win. 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