Brandon Allen

Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #8
Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #8
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Brandon Allen News

Re-ups with Cincinnati

The Bengals re-signed Allen to a one-year contract Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Allen will return for a third straight season as the top backup to Joe Burrow (knee). The 29-year-old was reportedly Cincinnati's top choice for the No. 2 spot during the 2022 season, likely due to his familiarity with coach Zac Taylor's system.

Mar 17, 2022 10:32 AM EST

Scheduled for free agency

Allen completed 17 of 34 pass attempts for 149 yards and two touchdowns across six appearances in 2021.

Analysis: Allen also logged seven carries for negative one yards and committed one fumble. The bulk of his NFL action this season came Week 18 at Cleveland, a spot start in which Cincinnati lost 21-16 to close out the regular season. Now scheduled for free agency after the conclusion of the postseason, Allen may have to search for his next backup role elsewhere.

Jan 17, 2022 9:31 AM EST

Mediocre in spot start

Allen completed 15 of 29 passes for 136 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Bengals' 21-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday. He also rushed once for three yards and committed a fumble that was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: Allen drew the start for Joe Burrow (knee) and wasn't asked to do much. The 29-year-old was able to help Ja'Marr Chase set the rookie franchise receiving yardage record and also fired a touchdown throw to Chris Evans from four yards out with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. Burrow will be right back under center when the Bengals begin the postseason with a wild-card game next weekend.

Jan 9, 2022 4:57 PM EST

Likely filling in for Burrow

Bengals QB Joe Burrow said Allen will replace him as the starter this Sunday against the Browns, Mike Petragalia of CLNS Media reports.

Analysis: Burrow (knee/finger) said he's healthy enough to play but nonetheless will be rested for the playoffs. Allen didn't show much in five starts last year, throwing for only 925 yards and five touchdowns, but he'd theoretically have more to work with this time around... if not for the possibility of the Bengals resting other starters besides Burrow. Of course, there's also some chance the Browns will be missing a number of key players, with QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) already sent to IR and a slew of others missing Wednesday's practice. Allen and Cleveland's Case Keenum are expected to be the starting QBs.

Jan 5, 2022 12:48 PM EST

Named Week 18 starter

Coach Zac Taylor said Allen will start Sunday's game against the Browns, while Joe Burrow (knee, finger) will be rested for the playoffs, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: RB Joe Mixon (reserve/COVID-19) is also expected to miss the game, and it's a good bet other starters will be held out or limited, though Taylor did say supertsar rookie Ja'Marr Chase could "possibly" play. Allen has attempted only five passes this season, after making five starts last year (1-4) and completing 90 of 142 passes for 925 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.

Jan 5, 2022 11:51 AM EST

Off COVID list

Allen was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Allen needed only four days to clear the COVID-19 protocol, but the Bengals still opted to elevate Jake Browning to the active roster which would indicate Allen still isn't quite up to speed. Neither quarterback is expected to see any time with Joe Burrow healthy and coming off a career day in the win over the Ravens last week.

Jan 1, 2022 11:14 AM EST

Added to COVID-19 list

Allen was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Allen will need to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols before seeing action again, and the Bengals will be left without their top backup behind starter Joe Burrow for the time being. Jake Browning will slot in as Cincinnati's No. 2 quarterback until Allen returns.

Dec 27, 2021 10:10 AM EST

Gets garbage-time look Week 9

Allen played six snaps and completed one of two pass attempts for six yards Sunday in the Bengals' 41-16 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Though starter Joe Burrow has stayed healthy this season, Allen has still gotten the opportunity to play in three of the last four games, with all of his appearances coming in garbage-time scenarios. Unlike the prior two occasions, the Bengals were on the wrong side of the blowout this time around, and Allen was merely getting reps to spare Burrow further beating after he took five sacks earlier in the contest.

Nov 10, 2021 7:57 AM EST

Another preseason start

Allen is expected to start for Joe Burrow during Friday's preseason game at Washington, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Coach Zac Taylor has held out Burrow for both of the Bengals' first two exhibitions, as the second-year signal-caller still is just nine months removed from suffering a torn ACL, torn MCL and other structural damage in his left knee. In preseason Week 1 in Tampa Bay, Allen completed seven of 10 passes for 77 yards and an interception while working the entire first half. He could be in line for a similar allotment of snaps before giving way to Kyle Shurmur after halftime.

Aug 20, 2021 3:40 PM EST

Re-ups with Bengals

Allen signed a one-year contract with the Bengals on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Allen started five games last season after Joe Burrow tore his ACL in Week 11. The 28-year-old Allen struggled but was serviceable, completing 63 percent of his passes for 925 yards (6.5 YPA), five touchdowns and four interceptions. Burrow has said he thinks that he'll be ready for Week 1. However, there's still a long road to recovery ahead. Allen would likely start under center if Burrow needs additional time.

Mar 9, 2021 6:26 PM EST

Dreadful against Ravens

Allen completed six of 21 passes for 48 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Bengals' Week 17 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: After putting together some valiant efforts filling in for Joe Burrow (knee), Allen fell flat in the season finale. He concluded the 2020 season having made four appearances and posting five touchdowns, three interceptions and 925 passing yards. Allen was playing the season on a one-year deal, meaning he will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Given the uncertain timeline for Burrow, the Bengals could opt to re-sign Allen to an affordable short-term deal.

Jan 3, 2021 3:49 PM EST

Racks up 371 yards

Allen completed 27 of 39 pass attempts for 371 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 16 against the Texans.

Analysis: After being forced to miss the team's Week 15 matchup against the Steelers, Allen returned to action to lead Cincinnati to its second consecutive win. He worked efficiently and spread passes around, targeting four different receivers at least six times. Allen showed particular rapport with Tee Higgins, connecting with him for long plays of 30, 22 and 20 yards -- the last of which went for a touchdown. Allen is likely to draw another start to close the season in Week 17 against the Ravens.

Dec 27, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Listed as active Sunday

Allen (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Texans, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Though coach Zac Taylor hasn't named a starting QB for the contest, Hobson indicates that "indications throughout the week have been that Allen" will get the nod after missing the team's Week 15 win over the Steelers. Also, as Hobson points out, Allen "didn't appear on Friday's game status report and remained listed as the No. 1 quarterback in front of Ryan Finley." Either way, Allen's not a high-percentage lineup option for those in the fantasy playoffs and it doesn't help that the Bengals will be without top pass-catcher, Tyler Boyd (concussion) in Week 16.

Dec 27, 2020 9:06 AM EST

Practices fully Thursday

Allen (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said earlier Thursday he expected Allen to be available for Sunday's game in Houston, and the quarterback's ability to take every rep at Thursday's practice seemingly backs up that notion. Taylor hasn't formally announced a Week 16 starting quarterback, but Allen is expected to take back the role from Ryan Finley, who led the Bengals to an upset win over the Steelers on Monday but threw for just 89 yards in the contest.

Dec 24, 2020 2:24 PM EST

Should be available Sunday

Coach Zac Taylor indicated Thursday that Allen (knee) is on track to be available Sunday for the Bengals on Sunday against the Texans "if we need him," Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: While Taylor added that at this time he's not inclined to name a starting QB for Week 16, Baby anticipates that Allen -- who continued to practice Thursday -- will draw the assignment over Ryan Finley.

Dec 24, 2020 10:55 AM EST

Logs limited practice

Allen (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for Allen, but Ben Baby of noted earlier Wednesday that coach Zac Taylor said the team plans to see how Allen's knee responds over the next couple of days before a decision is made on whether Allen or Ryan Finley will start at QB for the Bengals on Sunday against the Texans.

Dec 23, 2020 1:11 PM EST

Knee being monitored

Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that Allen (knee) will be evaluated over the next few days before a decision about the Bengals' starting quarterback is made, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: The Bengals emerged victorious over the Steelers on Monday even with Allen sidelined, but Ryan Finley only passed for 89 yards and a score during the upset win. It remains to be seen whether Allen will reclaim the starting job from Finley if healthy, but for any chance of suiting up against Houston in Week 16 he'll almost certainly need to resume practicing.

Dec 23, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Out Monday

Allen (knee) will not play Monday against the Steelers, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Allen never managed to practice this week so the end result isn't exactly shocking. As a result, Ryan Finley will enter as the starter for the first time this season. In three starts last year, the 25-year-old posted an unassuming 474 passing yards across 106 attempts (47.1 completion percentage) while throwing two touchdowns as well as two interceptions.

Dec 19, 2020 9:02 AM EST

Misses another practice

Allen (knee) didn't participate in Friday's practice, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: With his right knee injury sidelining him for the second practice in a row, Allen's chances of playing Monday against the Steelers aren't looking promising. The Bengals will see what Allen can do at practice Saturday before ruling on his status for the Week 15 matchup, but Ryan Finley will pick up his first start of the season in the event Allen is unable to go.

Dec 18, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Won't practice Thursday

Coach Zac Taylor noted that Allen (knee) won't practice Thursday, but could still start Monday night against the Steelers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Ben Baby of, it "sounds like" Ryan Finley "is going to get as many reps as he can, but Allen still feels like the likely starter on Sunday despite the bone bruise" in his knee. Such an outcome would be supported by a return to practice on Allen's part, in any capacity, either Friday or Saturday.

Dec 17, 2020 9:17 AM EST

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