Buffalo Bills report card: Josh Allen is being coddled by coaching staff

Buffalo Bills report card: Josh Allen is being coddled by coaching staff
Leonard Fournette, Shaq Lawson ejected, try to continue fight in tunnel afterward
Turns out that wasnt a great design idea, after the Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars had a brawl on the field.

After a crazy play in which Donte Moncrief appeared to catch a touchdown (it was reversed on replay review because he was down at the 1-yard line), and Bills cornerback Levi Wallace and Moncrief refused to let go of the ball on the simultaneous reception, there was a fight.

The first was a 32-yard connection with Kelvin Benjamin. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey – who had called Allen trash in the August edition of GQ magazine and stood by his critical remarks about the Bills making him the seventh overall pick in the draft in a tweet earlier in the week – picked up a facemask penalty on Benjamin that added 15 yards. After an 11-yard Allen pass to Jason Croom, Isaiah McKenzie sprinted six yards into the end zone.

Bills outside linebacker Shaq Lawson and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette threw punches at each other, which is an easy ejection. Then they were led to the same tunnel.

The second impressive play from Allens throwing arm was a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster. It was the longest scoring throw by a Bills rookie and the teams longest pass completion since Tyrod Taylor connected with Marquise Goodwin in 2016. Making it even more remarkable was the fact defensive linemen Dawuane Smoot and Yannick Ngakuoue simultaneously crashed into Allen as he released the ball, preventing him from seeing the score.

Lawson was led off the Bills sideline to the tunnel and Fournette was led to the tunnel at the same time. Lawson and Fournette were shouting at each other as they got near each other, still heated from the exchange of punches.

Part of its mine and part of its probably a little bit from the scrum there, the coach said after the Buffalo Bills 24-21 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The scrum, which came late in the third quarter, resulted in Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette being ejected. It also set the tone for a goal-line stand that ended with the Jaguars missing a field goal.

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With team personnel around each player they had to be separated as they went up the tunnel. Presumably there had to be security between the two locker rooms to make sure nobody went and confronted the other in the locker room.

Joshs return was great, definitely what we needed, Jones said. I know there was a lot of questions of, Are we going to keep this momentum going? and things like that from two weeks ago, and Josh did a great job of coming in, using his legs for plays, extending plays, hitting Robert Foster with a beautiful ball down the field.

Usually the NFL treats ejections as suspensions, and its rare that an extra suspension is added on after a player is ejected. The NFL will certainly look at this case, including the words exchanged up the tunnel.

My expectations were that Id be back, Id be better mentally and, obviously, physically with the elbow holding up, and I just wanted to go out there and complete the ball when it needed to be completed and make plays when plays needed to be made, Allen said. I trust the guys around me, and thats kind of what we did today.

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The play itself was overturned. There was the humorous scene of Moncrief and Wallace both refusing to let go of the ball for what seemed like a couple minutes as the two teams brawled around them on the ground.

Then the Jaguars had a touchdown taken off the board, though Moncrief was given credit for the catch. Without Fournette the Jaguars couldnt punch in the touchdown, a penalty took a touchdown off the board, then the Jaguars missed a short field goal.

3. The Bills determined once that they needed an upgrade from Colton Schmidt at punter. They might be in a position to do so again. Schmidt got a good bounce on his first punt to pin the Jaguars at their 1-yard line, but his hang time all afternoon was abysmal. Needing a good punt in the fourth quarter, however, he came through – thanks once again to a friendly bounce that pinned the Jaguars at their 2-yard line. Bortles was intercepted three plays later, setting up an important insurance field goal for the Bills.

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Too bad the Jaguars havent shown more fight on the field as Fournette did throwing punches at Lawson or jawing at him in the tunnel afterward.

I dont know what the history is. Im not going to pretend like I know, but here was something there, he said. I feel like Fournette was going after Shaq the whole game, just talking junk to Shaq. I know Shaq, hes not quiet. Im surprised we cant hear him right now. Hes not a quiet guy. But thats my teammate, and I understand the circumstances he was in. … As a man, you have to defend yourself.

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A massive brawl erupted late in the third quarter Sunday, with the end result benefiting the home team in a 24-21 win. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette started throwing punches at Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson, who returned the favor. That led to both players being ejected – a trade the Bills happily welcomed after Fournette had carried 18 times for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns up to that point.

The Jacksonville Jaguars drove to the Buffalo Bills 1-yard line, then had star running back Leonard Fournette ejected for fighting, then had the go-ahead touchdown nullified by a penalty, then missed a field goal attempt on the way to a seventh consecutive loss.

5. Starting tight end Charles Clay missed his second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. Jason Croom started in his place. Croom finished with two catches for 15 yards. He missed a chance to make a big play down the right sideline late in the second quarter when a Josh Allen pass sailed through his hands. That prevented the Bills from getting into field-goal range.

Bills rookie Josh Allen, dragged by the Jaguars All-Pro cornerback in a GQ Magazine article published in August, returned from a monthlong injury absence to lead Buffalo to a 24-21 victory against Jacksonville on Sunday at New Era Field.

The Jaguars are also without running back Leonard Fournette after he was ejected for exchanging punches with Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes late in the third quarter. The Jaguars had the ball at the 1-yard-line after that fight, but didn’t score as penalties, another sack by Williams and a missed field goal left Jacksonville with nothing to show for their efforts.

The most important takeaway from a sloppy game between NFL also-rans that entered the day with matching 3-7 records: Allens throwing arm appeared perfectly healthy after he missed the previous four games with a strained right elbow. Allen completed 8 of 19 passes for 160 yards, a touchdown and an 89.8 passer rating. He added a game-high and quarterback franchise-record 99 rushing yards and another score on 13 carries.

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The Jags talented cornerback, who didnt back away from his “trash” comment this week, had an interception wiped out by his own penalty for illegal contact late in the second quarter and then had the gall to point at the Bills sideline and call other players “trash.”

To his credit, Ramsey patted Allen on the helmet and shook his hand after the game in a show of good sportsmanship.

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But he followed that up by blowing kisses to the crowd as he left the field while being booed, and stopped short of saying his assessment of Allen had changed.

The good thing about the world we live in is everybody can have an opinion. And, um, you know, I stick by my opinions, usually, Ramsey said in the postgame locker room, not quite retracting his insult. He hurt us with his feet. He did enough for their team to get a win. Thats really what matters at the end of the day, so it doesnt matter what I said or anything like that. Im sure thats what he was thinking on his side. It doesnt matter. People have opinions every day. They can have opinions, but its about what you go out there and do, what he went out there and did for their team is get a win, so, you cant really say anything about it.

Thats not what I said, Ramsey said, dodging a direct answer by resorting to next question, next question.

With Deonte Thompson joining the squad over the bye week, the Bills are back to seven receivers, and the rookie is the odd man out this week. Isaiah McKenzie, who joined the Bills from the Denver Broncos practice squad prior to the teams last game, had success in the utility role that the team envisioned for McCloud, leaving the Clemson product a healthy scratch this week.

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Remember, this is the same Jaguars franchise that dispatched the Bills in the first round of the playoffs last season.

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The one that traded haymakers with Pittsburgh and went toe-to-toe with New England and nearly advanced to the Super Bowl.

The one helmed by former Bills coach Doug Marrone, who chose to walk out rather than work for new owners Kim and Terry Pegula within the structure they created.

Nearly 60,000 screaming Buffalo fans were on hand to help the Bills upset the slightly-favored Jaguars on Sunday. The crowd forced two false start penalties throughout the game, the second of which fueled a goal line stand late in the third quarter. The penalty pushed Jacksonville back on first down, and Buffalos defense kept them out of the end zone. Josh Lambo ultimately missed a 42-yard field goal, three points that went on to decide the game.

The one that traded for former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, the third overall pick in 2011, now little more than a role player on running downs and inactive because of a back injury in his return to Western New York.

Oh yeah, yeah, Alexander said. Then you have Jordan [Phillips] down there pumping them up. We make big plays, then that gets them excited and getting them into it. Playing on offense back in the day, when the crowd is loud like that, its definitely hard to get off the football, you have to be peaking inside. That definitely gives an advantage to the defense.

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I just want to win football games, said Allen, who won for the third time in six starts. There was a lot of trash talking before and after, but ultimately my job is to go out there and help this team win football games. And I did a good enough job of that tonight with the help of my team, and I cant speak enough about those guys.

My expectations were Id be back, Id be better mentally, Allen said. Obviously physically, with the elbow holding up. I just wanted to go out there and complete the ball when it needed to be completed, and make plays when plays needed to be made. Trust the guys around me. Thats what we kind of did [Sunday].

Allen connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster, the longest by a Bills rookie quarterback in franchise history, to stake the Bills to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Joshs return was great, Jones said. Definitely what we needed. I know there were a lot of questions, Were we going to keep that momentum going?, and things like that from two weeks ago. Josh did a great job of coming in there and using his legs for some plays, extending plays.

Allen also rushed for the go-ahead score in the fourth, a 14-yard gallop for a 21-14 lead after a brawl resulted in ejections for Fournette and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. It was Allens fourth rushing touchdown of the season.

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Josh is a baller, Bills safety Jordan Poyer said. They can say whatever they want to say about Josh. Jalen can say whatever he wants to say about Josh. But Josh came in there and handled that defense today.

Bills coach Sean McDermott praised Allen for his performance, offering an appropriately measured assessment.

After Gus Bradley was fired near the end of the 2016 season, it didnt take long for Jacksonville to name Marrone, who was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach, interim head coach and then hire him on a longer-term basis.

I love the fire, McDermott said. He personifies Buffalo, right? Hes a hard worker, blue-collar kid and loves to compete. Hes still young, so again, lets manage expectations. It was a good start for him.

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But its also true that Allen is the clearest example that these are franchises heading in opposite directions.

Jacksonville started the season 2-0, including a revenge drubbing of the Patriots in Week 2, but have won just once since.

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Allen has all the tools to develop into the franchise quarterback the Bills hope he can be, whereas Blake Bortles, in his fifth season, continues to prove himself a middling option at best. The Jags QB finished 12 of 23 for 127 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 46.8 passer rating.

The most encouraging or concerning numbers on this day, depending on your viewpoint, are on spreadsheets in the general managers offices.

The Bills are poised to build a team around their promising young quarterback, projected to enter the offseason with more than $91 million in salary cap space, the third-most in the NFL, according to overthecap.com.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, are looking at a tear down. Jacksonville GM David Caldwell, a Buffalo native, has to contend with a roster thats projected to be nearly $10 million over the cap, as currently constructed.

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McDermott called the Jaguars probably the most talented team well face all season, maybe in the NFL and did so again after Sundays victory.

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