'Playmaker' Josh Allen backed to breakout if NFL offseason is disrupted

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Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler feels "playmaker" Josh Allen is primed to have a big 2020 for the Buffalo Bills if the NFL offseason is shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Compared to other leagues and competitions, the NFL has largely been unaffected by the spread of COVID-19 as the season runs from September to February.

However, with continued uncertainty about the future and when life will return to normal, there remains a possibility that training camps could be altered, shortened or even scrapped ahead of the 2020 NFL campaign.

That would limit the amount of time teams have to work with their own players, and on gameplans for their opponents, which Fiedler feels would benefit quarterbacks who tend to go off script like Allen.

The Bills went 10-6 and made the playoffs in Allen's second year as the starter as he surpassed 3,000 passing yards and threw 20 touchdowns to nine interceptions.

Buffalo have since added Stefon Diggs in a trade to boost Allen's receiving corps, with the Bills perhaps sensing the AFC East is up for grabs following Tom Brady's departure from the New England Patriots.

"Having Tom out of the division certainly opens up the gate a little bit," Fiedler, who made 59 starts for the Dolphins between 2000 and 2004 and also played for the New York Jets, told Stats Perform.

"New England still is the team to beat [but] I think Buffalo certainly had some good success with Josh Allen coming in.

"I think Allen's style of play can actually be beneficial with what's going on now and he's more of a playmaker, a guy who can create when a play breaks down.

"I think guys like that are going to have a lot of success this year with a shortened offseason – and the possibility of a shortened preseason, who knows what's going to happen.

"Certainly guys that can create outside of the way an offense is set up to work are the ones that, especially early on in the year, are going to have success."

The Patriots have won the AFC East in each of the previous 11 seasons.