Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde pushing Josh Allen to be ‘best quarterback in the league’

06/12/2019
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Expectations are high for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen as the No. 7 overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft heads into his second season. Buffalo’s passing offense ranked 31st in yards and 32nd in touchdowns last year while Allen completed just 52.8-percent of his passes for 2,074 yards, averaging 6.5 yards-per-attempt and threw 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 games. The Bills cut no corners during the offseason, making a strong effort to give their franchise passer everything he needs to succeed and did so by retooling the offensive line with experienced veterans and a highly-touted second round draft pick, in addition to adding quality pass catchers in wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley before drafting an athletic receiving tight end in Dawson Knox.

While the offense will take time to build chemistry, Josh Allen has the luxury of honing his craft against one of the NFL’s premier secondaries, led by the dynamic safety tandem of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. Both Poyer and Hyde have been stellar since joining Buffalo as free agents prior to the 2017 season and following Wednesday’s minicamp practice, he spoke highly of his teammates.

“Our defense, if you look at them last year and what they did, are only getting better with the numbers that they put up,” said Allen. “really think we have the two best safeties in the league.  How they move, I was just talking about this with some of our guys yesterday.  21 [Jordan Poyer] and 23 [Micah Hyde] might as well be the same person on the field.  They move in unison, they are very vocal with each other, they know what they are doing and they disguise things so well. It’s a real challenge out there on the football field so that’s only in term going to make us better.”

 

Jordan Poyer, in particular, has been a thorn in Allen’s side all through OTAs and the first two open practices of mandatory minicamp. Per New York Upstate’s Matt Parrino, the 28-year old has intercepted Allen four times during the five practices open to the media. On Wednesday, Poyer was feeling confident and engaged in some healthy trash talk with the second-year passer, yelling, “Don’t do that Josh!” after getting his hands on yet another one of the Wyoming product’s passes in practice.

Following practice, Josh Allen embraced the trash talk from his teammates, explaining that the competition is beneficial for the team and will only make each unit improve.

“We go on and off, on and off the field we got at it,” Allen said. “Talking smack during Home Run Derby for the Micah Hyde’s Charity Event and on the field here. It’s good to have that type of competitiveness, that type of challenge.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.  We are out here trying to make each other better and that’s what we are doing.”

Poyer and Hyde each acknowledged the friendly banter between the offense and defense. The two safeties played a huge role in the Bills boasting the NFL’s No. 2 ranked overall defense, finishing No. 1 against the pass, allowing 2,867 yards and 22 touchdowns (No. 8) through the air. Hyde met with the media Wednesday and said that he expects the defense to challenge Allen to be the best quarterback in the NFL and that comes with some competition.

“We’re going to go out here and compete,” Hyde said, per video from Matt Bove. “The defense wants to win every single snap. The offense wants to win every single snap. The trash talk and all that stuff is just part of the game. You know, we want Josh to be the best quarterback in the league and we feel like he’s going to be somewhere down the road, and we’re just trying to push him there. You know, our defense is going to make our offense better and our offense is going to make our defense better. We’re going to go out and compete every single day, our team is going to continue to build and Josh is going to get a lot better.”

It’s early in the Summer but if minicamp is any indication of things to come, it looks like there will be some heated competition all through training camp as the Bills look to turn the corner and make a push for the AFC East.

Listen to “Minicamp Day Two Updates, Josh Allen Presser Audio” on Spreaker.

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