As a senior at Arkansas last year Brandon Allen was torching SEC defenses. With 3,440 yards and 30 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions Allen was thought to be a top prospect and was ranked by FootballDrafting.com as the sixth best QB at the NFL Combine. However, due to some concerns about his hand size a lot of teams shied away from the 6’3 gunslinger and he fell all the way down to the sixth round where the Jaguars took him with the 201st pick.
In the Jags first preseason game against the Jets Allen performed admirably going 10 of 19 for 138 yards with one interception. In Jacksonville’s second preseason game against the Bucs Allen played sparingly and was 0/3 with an interception. Allen didn’t get to play in week three which is usually each team’s dress rehearsal before resting the starters in the last week of the preseason. In the last preseason game Allen played all four quarters and finished 17 of 26 passing for 164 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Allen’s performance in training camp and the preseason was good enough for Jacksonville to waive fourth string QB Max Wittek and kept the former Razorback as the #3 behind Blake Bortles and Chad Henne.
So far this season Allen has yet to see the field and has not even dressed for a regular season game. Henne is in his ninth season in the league and it looks like the Jags are grooming Allen to be the backup next season or at least push him for the backup job. With only a six round pick invested in Allen if Jacksonville can look to him as the backup to step in and lead the team it’s low risk and high reward.
Time will tell if Allen can stay in the league but from the way he torched historically dominant SEC defenses like Alabama and Ole Miss he has a good shot to make it.