Bills Mafia’s reaction to Josh Allen draft in 2018 never gets old

Following a prosperous tenure at the University of Wyoming, Josh Allen’s transition to the NFL has positioned him as one of the premier quarterbacks in the league. Despite the high expectations set by Steve Young, who touted him as a potential Super Bowl contender, the Buffalo Bills fell short of clinching the Lombardi Trophy in the playoffs.

While Josh Allen’s rise to prominence is undeniable, the Buffalo Bills’ acquisition of him in 2018 remains a significant and somewhat controversial episode in the team’s annals, particularly among their passionate fan base, the Bills Mafia.

Josh Allen’s draft moment reaction resurfaces

While Josh Allen’s selection in the 2018 NFL Draft was lauded for his exceptional athleticism and potential to breathe new life into the Bills’ offense, a resurfaced video reveals that it wasn’t an immediate slam dunk with the passionate Bills fanbase. As the draft unfolded and anticipation rose to a fever pitch, the Bills faithful eagerly awaited the team’s crucial pick.

The atmosphere was electric, with fans on the edge of their seats, ready to embrace the newest addition to their roster.

However, when the Bills declared Josh Allen’s name, the reaction from the Bills mafia was a mix of shock and disappointment. The joyous expressions quickly turned pale, and a resounding sense of disbelief swept through the crowd. In a remarkable moment captured on video, one fan even vented his frustration by throwing his cap in visible anger.

Social media erupted with disgruntled fans following the announcement. While some expressed their disapproval by calling Allen the draft’s biggest bust, others went as far as threatening to ditch their season tickets.

Despite initial doubts, Allen has emerged as a pillar for the Buffalo Bills, winning over fans with his stellar on-field performances.

Josh Allen’s Bills career so far

Throughout his Bill’s career, Josh Allen racked up 22,703 passing yards, 167 touchdowns, and 78 interceptions, per ESPN. In his rookie season in 2018, he showcased glimpses of his potential, completing 52.8% of his passes for 2,074 yards, with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. 

While it was a modest start, it laid the foundation for what was to come in the years ahead.

The following year saw Allen’s growth as a quarterback as he racked up 3,089 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. The momentum continued into the 2020 and 2021 seasons as well, with Allen improving his performance in each season.

In 2022, he broke Dan Marino’s record for touchdowns over a player’s first five NFL seasons. In that season, he recorded 4,283 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The 2023 season saw Allen continue to shine, completing 66.5% of his passes for 4,306 yards, with 29 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

Nevertheless,  the transformation from a controversial draft selection to a revered icon within the Bills’ organization shows the capacity of Allen to sway even the most doubtful supporters.

Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.

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