The Jacksonville Jaguars placed linebacker Josh Allen on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Allen, 24, recorded 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in eight games (seven starts) in 2020 before his season came to an end due to a knee injury.
Allen was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.
He had 10.5 sacks, 23 quarterback hits and 44 tackles in 16 games (four starts) and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen agreed to a six-year extension through the 2028 season on Friday.
The team did not release financial details, but ESPN reported it was worth $258 million — $43 million per season — and includes $150 million guaranteed.
Allen, 25, is coming off a breakout season in 2020 in which he made the Pro Bowl, guided the Bills to their first AFC East title since 1995 and broke single-season team records for passing yards (4,544) and touchdown passes (37).
Buffalo lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-24, in the AFC Championship Game.
Allen also broke the franchise records for completions (396), completion percentage (69.2), 300-yard games (eight) and total touchdowns (46) in 2020 and finished runner-up to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
Allen is 28-15 as a starter and has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 9,707 yards with 67 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in 44 games (43 starts) since the Bills made him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,562 yards and 25 touchdowns.
The $43 million average annual value makes Allen the second-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, behind Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes ($45 million) and just ahead of the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott ($42M).
Allen is the first quarterback in the 2018 class to sign a long-term second contract. Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield are also in line for lucrative deals.
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The Buffalo Bills made a formality official on Monday, picking up the fifth-year option for quarterback Josh Allen in 2022.
The team also announced it will retain its other first-round draft pick in 2018, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, by picking up his option.
Allen will earn $23.1 million in 2022, with Edmunds being paid $12.72 million.
Allen, who turns 25 this month, has become wildly popular in Buffalo after leading the Bills to back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since 1998-99. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season, when he guided the Bills to a 13-3 regular-season record.
They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-24 in the AFC championship game in January.
In three seasons, Allen has a 28-15 record and has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 9,707 yards, with 67 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He has also rushed for 25 scores.
He had a stellar 2020 season, starting all 16 games. His completion rate was 69.2 percent and he connected for 4,544 yards with 37 touchdowns, setting franchise records and ranking in the top five in the NFL in each category. He also threw 10 interceptions and ran for eight TDs.
Allen is the only NFL player in history with at least 4,000 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns in a season.
Edmunds, 23, was the No. 16 overall selection in 2018. He is a two-time Pro Bowl honoree in his first three seasons in the NFL.
In 46 games for Buffalo, all starts, Edmunds has 355 tackles (19 for loss), 5 1/2 sacks, 24 passes defensed, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was fined $15,000 by the NFL for flipping the ball at Kansas City defensive end Alex Okafor after Okafor sacked him during the Chiefs’ 38-24 win in the AFC title game last week, NFL Network reported Saturday.
After being hit by the ball, Okafor stood over Allen while yelling at him. Bills guard Jon Feliciano took offense and shoved Okafor. Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins also went after Okafor, as all four players earned unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the play.
Feliciano and Dawkins were each fined $10,000 for their actions, while Okafor wasn’t penalized monetarily, according to the report.
“The way it ended doesn’t sit right with me with how chippy and ticky tack it got. I’m disappointed in myself,” Allen said, via Matt Parrino of Syracuse.com. “I let my emotions get to me there. That’s not how you’re supposed to play football.”
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Quarterback Alex Smith was named 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America, recognizing his return to play from a devastating leg injury.
Smith led the Washington Football Team into the playoffs more than two years after the injury he sustained in Week 11 of the 2018 season. He required 17 surgeries to save his leg, repair the injury and fight a life-threatening infection.
The organization also named Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen the Most Improved Player of the Year after he raised his completion percentage by more than 10 points and threw for 1,455 yards and 17 touchdowns more than he did in 2019 to lead the Bills into Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
Now 36, Smith started the season as Washington’s third-string quarterback. The team turned to Kyle Allen after Dwayne Haskins was ineffective, and Smith took over after Allen suffered a season-ending injury in Week 9.
Smith played in eight regular-season games, starting six, and completed 168 of 252 passes (66.7 percent) for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns. He was unable to play in Washington’s wild-card loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a calf injury.
Allen, 24, led the Bills to the AFC East title with a 13-3 record. He completed 69.2 percent of his passes on the regular season, up from 58.8 percent in 2019, and connected on 37 touchdown passes.
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson heard mention of snow in the forecast for Saturday in Buffalo and he immediately became fearful of a playing surface that may cause tough sledding for his speedy feet.
Jackson might have to cope with such conditions when the fifth-seeded Ravens battle the second-seeded Buffalo Bills in an AFC divisional matchup on Saturday night in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Early forecasts call for a 40 percent chance of snow and up to an inch of accumulation.
“That definitely would be my first time playing football in the snow — Saturday, if it does (snow),” said Jackson, a native of Pompano Beach, Fla.. “Hopefully, it doesn’t.”
Jackson is more interested in using his wheels on non-slippery terrain when he attempts to lead the Ravens past Josh Allen and the Bills.
Buffalo edged the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 last weekend in the wild-card round while the Ravens ousted the Tennessee Titans 20-13.
The playoff victory was the first for the Bills since Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas engineered a 37-22 win over the Miami Dolphins in a wild-card matchup on Dec. 30, 1995.
Allen made it clear that the Bills didn’t arrive just to win one game and head into the offseason satisfied.
“It doesn’t matter what we did — it’s back to 0-0,” Allen said. “They’re 0-0 and they’re coming into our house. We got another home game, and we have to prepare and get ready to go.”
The overwhelming belief is that this encounter will be decided by the quarterbacks.
Allen, in his third season, had the breakthrough campaign many anticipated, setting franchise records with 4,544 yards and 37 touchdown passes. He added 421 yards and eight scores on the ground.
He was on his game against the Colts, completing 26 of 35 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. Allen also ran for 54 yards and one score on 11 carries.
Jackson, also part of the 2018 draft class, was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2019. This season, he passed for 2,757 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,005 yards and seven scores. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to top 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons.
Jackson connected on 17 of 24 passes for 179 yards and one interception against the Titans. He did his real damage with his legs, rushing for 136 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries.
The touchdown came on a 48-yard scamper after Jackson dropped back to pass.
“Those are the type of plays that keep defensive coordinators up at night,” Bills defense coordinator Leslie Frazier said, “when you see that, when guys are in position and they aren’t able to make that play because that player is so special on the other side.
“Lamar has done that in his short NFL career to the point where he’s been an MVP already. He’s capable of making you look bad at times. You just gotta be able to keep working and hopefully be able to corral him at some point.”
The Bills were able to lasso Jackson a few times in last season’s meeting at Buffalo. He managed just 40 yards on 11 rushes with a long of 16 yards, but Baltimore won the game 24-17 as Jackson threw for three touchdowns while accumulating 145 passing yards. Allen passed for 146 yards and a score.
While the Bills are slight favorites, the Ravens certainly don’t view themselves as underdogs. Last weekend, they shut down Tennessee 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry (40 yards on 18 carries) and they have a deeper recent history of playing in big games than Buffalo does.
“We’ve got a team full of tough players who are going to go to battle and who are going to scratch and claw for each other,” Baltimore cornerback Marcus Peters said. “It’s an organizational DNA built for January, which is exactly why the Ravens are the playoff team no one is excited to see.”
Peters (back) and linebacker Matthew Judon (illness) didn’t participate in Baltimore’s walkthrough on Tuesday. Among the Buffalo players who were limited in practice were receivers Stefon Diggs (oblique) and Cole Beasley (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle).
The Bills also placed running back Zack Moss (ankle) on injured reserve, leaving Devin Singletary as the main ball carrier.
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