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Bills want Josh Allen to help himself by hitting more short passes

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 23: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 52.8 percent of his passes during the 2018 season and that ranked last among quarterbacks who were primary starters for their teams.

One way Allen can get that number moving in the right direction is by throwing more short passes. Allen averaged 10 completions per game within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage while the NFL average as a whole was over 16 completions a game on passes of that distance.

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said “we can help ourselves” by increasing the number of short throws that Allen completes on a weekly basis and General Manager Brandon Beane said the Bills will “try and evolve the offense” to make that happen.

“We love his aggressiveness,” Beane said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “He thinks he can make any throw, and he can physically, but sometimes that’s not the smart play. I think that’s what Josh is learning. That’s natural. He’s so competitive that he wants to pick up that first down now, and sometimes it’s OK to take the swing pass for 5 yards and get it to second and 5, instead of a harder throw 18 yards down the field in a tight window that has a 50-50 chance and now it’s second and 10.”

Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen joined Allen at the bottom of the completion percentage list, so it’s a process that all young quarterbacks have to work through as they try to turn into capable professional starters. The faster they can make those strides, the surer their teams will be that they made the right choice in the 2018 draft.