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Brandon Allen

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

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

Dubbed day-to-day

Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that Allen (leg) is "day-to-day," Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Taylor said that Allen suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter of last weekend's loss to the Cowboys, per Dragon. It sounds like Allen has a shot to recover in time for the Bengals' upcoming Monday night matchup against Pittsburgh, but if not Ryan Finley would stand to draw the start.

Dec 14, 2020 12:05 PM EST

Suffers leg injury

Allen was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a right leg injury.

Analysis: Ryan Finley is expected to finish the game under center for the Bengals. Allen completed 27 of 36 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown before exiting the game. He also ran for 12 yards on four carries.

Dec 13, 2020 12:40 PM EST

Practices fully Wednesday

Allen (chest) practiced fully Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Allen was forced out of this past Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, but the QB's full practice participation Wednesday puts him on track to remain in the starting lineup this weekend against the 3-9 Cowboys, who've dropped six of their last seven games. It's a decent matchup for Allen, but he's only a lineup option in deeper fantasy formats.

Dec 9, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Allen was forced out of Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a chest injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit, Allen completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 153 yards, with one TD and a pick. He was replaced at QB by Ryan Finley.

Dec 6, 2020 1:31 PM EST

Struggles in loss to Giants

Allen completed 17 of 29 pass attempts for 136 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Allen averaged a measly 4.7 yards per attempt while completing just 59 percent of his passes. He threw an interception that set up a field goal in the third quarter before connecting with Tee Higgins for a one-yard touchdown in the final minutes of the fourth. With a 2:3 TD:INT and an average of just 152.6 yards per game over his last three outings, Allen seems likely to struggle against a tough Dolphins defense next Sunday, if he's given another chance to start.

Nov 29, 2020 3:32 PM EST

Poised for Week 12 start

The Bengals are planning to have Allen start at quarterback Sunday against the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After serving as the Bengals' backup quarterback in each of the team's first 10 games and working in relief of Joe Burrow after the rookie tore his ACL and MCL in Sunday's loss to Washington, Ryan Finley was widely viewed as the favorite for the Week 12 nod. Instead, the Bengals will instead cast their lot with Allen, who had been on the team's practice squad up until this week. While Allen should benefit from his existing familiarity with head coach Zac Taylor's offensive system from their time together with the Rams, the 28-year-old doesn't profile as a particularly exciting fantasy option. His three NFL appearances all came last season with the Broncos, with Allen completing just 39 of 84 attempts (46.4 percent) for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Nov 25, 2020 6:22 AM EST

Signs with Bengals' active roster

The Bengals will sign Allen to the active roster Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Allen was on the Bengals' practice squad but will slot into the backup role behind Ryan Finley following news that Joe Burrow suffered a torn ACL and MCL during Sunday's loss to Washington. Over three games with the Broncos last season, Allen completed 39 of 84 passes (46 percent) for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Nov 23, 2020 11:46 AM EST

Lands on practice squad

Allen cleared waivers and signed with the Bengals' practice squad Sunday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: The Broncos started Allen under center in three games last year, and the results were discouraging, as he completed just 46.4 percent of his passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He'll stick with the Bengals' practice squad as the franchise's No. 3 quarterback behind Joe Burrow and Ryan Finley.

Sep 6, 2020 2:10 PM EST

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