2. His running ability
The Bills would like to see Allen pick his spots more when it comes to running the football, but they don’t want to eliminate rushing from his game altogether. McDermott and his staff understand it’s part of what makes him so dangerous to opposing defenses.
The team does want to see Allen become more efficient with his rushing attempts though. He’s far too quick to only average five years per attempt from the quarterback position. It’s easy to envision a scenario where Allen gets more opportunities to make big plays with his legs if he can become a better passer.
Better pass protection could also boost Allen’s efficiency as a runner. His offensive line has talent, but they do have room to internally improve heading into the 2020 season. In particular, better years from tackles Dion Dawkins and Cody Ford could give Allen more breathing room on the edge.
Buffalo isn’t going to work a ton of designed runs for Allen into their playbook, but they will expect him to take off and make plays with his legs when too many defenders drop into coverage. When defenses choose to keep too many players in the box it makes it easier for Allen to hit deep passes down the field. His ability to run will continue to make defensive coordinators pick their poision in 2020.