What exactly do the Denver Broncos have with the temporary starter Brandon Allen, set to start Sundays game against the Cleveland Browns? They have a three-year, journeyman, backup Quarterback that was drafted in the sixth round by Jacksonville, and spent time with the LA Rams and the New England Patriots.
From his preseason highlight film below, what can we conclude about the ability of the Quarterback making his first career regular season start?
After watching the brief highlight tape, one can see a guy with a good arm, that can take deep shots down the sideline and fit the ball into tight pockets. He’s an athlete on the field, with running ability and ability to make plays outside of the pocket. He has put on tape patience to let receivers get open, even if it means taking a big shot.
Brandon Allen has an opportunity Sunday to make a name for himself and put his skills on tape against a regular season defense. Midweek interviews with Allen show a confident man within the playbook, a confident man about his own ability, and a man that wanted Broncos fans to know “they are going to see that I play hard and that I want to win”.
Brandon Allen has said working with Joe Flacco has been a great experience and that hes been a great teammate through the injury and through getting Allen ready this week. When asked about the Drew Lock watch, Allen said he couldn’t worry about that and that the Cleveland Browns and preparing for this week were his only concerns.
Hopefully Allen can elevate his play and get a win over another 2-6 team, that had playoff and even Super Bowl expectations this off-season. The Browns roster has a ton of talent top to bottom, and they are looking to put it all together. Meanwhile the Broncos are seemingly half committed to a rebuild after shipping out Emmanuel Sanders but holding onto Chris Harris Jr, Derek Wolfe and even Von Miller as some speculated he could be moved.
The Broncos have a chance to get film on Brandon Allen, they have Brett Rypien suited up as the backup to get better looks on him during practice, and they have a bye week after the Browns game to get their quarterback room situated. Drew Lock, the Broncos second-round pick, will continue to wait his turn, rehab his injury, and hopefully see the field after the bye week to get a better read into what kind of player the team has, and if Quarterback is an off-season need or not.