INDIANAPOLIS- As the day was wrapping here at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, I got the chance to talk to NBC Sports Analyst and co-host of Pro Football Talk Live Chris Simms about the Buffalo Bills 2022-2023 season.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Bills is quarterback Josh Allen. I asked Simms about the elbow injury he sustained, and if he believes that the UCL sprain affected Allen’s performance this season.
“Well yeah, I do. Again its like a knee injury for a running back right? Of course it wasn’t the same. But do I think it affected him so much to the point where they can’t be the same team or the same offense or any of that? No, I think there was more problems than that to go along with it,” Simms said.
Simms continued to give his overall thoughts on Allen and his season.
“Did he have his best year? No, he did not. He’d be the first one to tell you that. Made some mistakes. I think tried to make some plays yanno, be a little too aggressive in moments to change a game or whatever else. It came to bite him back in the butt. All in all, Josh Allen’s amazing. Definitely one of the three best quarterbacks in football. It’s really indisputable, and they gotta help him out, too,” Simms said.
When asked if the Bills should consider Bijan Robinson to be the guy to help out Allen, Simms was open to the idea
“That would make sense. And Bijans a superstar. I mean, a superstar. And if it was 10 years ago, 15 years ago, he’s gonna be a top five, top eight pick when people used to do that with running backs right. I’m a Texas, University of Texas Longhorn guy. I watched him. He can do it all. He’s a special one. It can’t always be: We need to run the ball, Josh Allen will do it. Oh, we need a big play, so Josh Allen will do it…” Simms said. “Can he throw a slant and somebody run for 65 yards, something like that? We don’t see that much from the Buffalo Bills, yet alone I don’t even think there are those type of guys on the defensive side…”
Simms added that there are some splash players missing on the defensive side of the roster.
Gabe Davis has been talked about quite often before, during, and after this Bills season. Simms gives his thoughts on Davis and if he can be a wide receiver two in this league.
“I mean, I hope so, I do. (Being a wide receiver two next to Diggs) I’m not sold on that though. I’m not. Again, I have a lot of respect for Gabe Davis and who he is and what he does. Am I sold that he’s a bonafide wide receiver two in football? No, I’m not… They saw that game and their like that’s what he is. And its like no, that’s not what he is on a consistent basis,” Simms said.
Simms believes in the quarterback in Buffalo, but it’s evident that he believes the Bills need to imporve the talent and depth around this team in order to have a chance at a world championship.