Brandon Allen

Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback #8
Cincinnati Bengals
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Back with Cincinnati

The Bengals re-signed Allen on Friday.

Analysis: Allen made the initial 53-man roster as the backup to Joe Burrow, but he was let go a day later to make room for a trio of waiver claims. However, as expected, Allen has returned to the Bengals after the team placed Tycen Anderson and Isaiah Prince on IR.

Sep 2, 2022 11:01 AM EST

Released by Cincy

The Bengals released Allen on Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Allen made the initial 53-man roster as the backup to Joe Burrow, but he's been let go to make room for a trio of waiver claims. Dehner suggests that Allen could return to the team after the next round of IR moves are made.

Aug 31, 2022 1:13 PM EST

Starting Sunday

Allen is starting Sunday's preseason game against the Giants, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Allen started the Bengals' preseason opener against Arizona last weekend and completed all three of his pass attempts for 29 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions before sustaining a concussion. He should have more opportunities to prove himself during Sunday's preseason matchup.

Aug 21, 2022 3:44 PM EST

Returns to practice

Allen (concussion) returned to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Friday's loss to the Cardinals, Richard Skinner of WKRC-TV reports.

Analysis: Allen has cleared concussion protocol, putting him on track to start again when the Bengals visit the Giants on Sunday for their second preseason game. The veteran played just one series in Friday's first preseason action before being ruled out with a concussion. The expectation was that Allen would've played the entire first half in the contest. This very well could be the case Sunday, especially with starter Joe Burrow still recovering from an offseason appendix surgery.

Aug 16, 2022 11:41 AM EST

Concussion confirmed

Allen was ruled out after suffering a concussion during Friday's preseason opener against Arizona.

Analysis: Allen was previously seen heading to Cincinnati's locker room after being evaluated for a concussion on the sidelines, and he'll likely have to miss extended time this preseason after this injury was later confirmed Friday night. As a result, Jake Browning stepped in as the Bengals' quarterback with starter Joe Burrow still recovering from an offseason appendix surgery. During Allen's presumptive absence, Browning will likely split snaps with undrafted signal-caller Drew Plitt this preseason.

Aug 12, 2022 6:36 PM EST

Being checked for concussion

Allen exited Friday night's preseason game against Arizona to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

Analysis: Allen is questionable to return Friday after heading to the locker room with a potential concussion. The 29-year-old backup signal-caller has seen the majority of Cincinnati's first-team reps during practice while starter Joe Burrow is out after undergoing an appendectomy July 26. With Allen out, fourth-year quarterback Jake Browning should work as the Bengals' primary passer for much of Friday's game.

Aug 12, 2022 5:36 PM EST

Will start preseason opener

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that Allen will start Friday's preseason contest against the Cardinals and is projected to play the entire first half, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: This doesn't come as a surprise with Joe Burrow still sidelined following an appendectomy. Allen has been garnering the majority of first-team reps during training camp, while third-string Jake Browning operates as the backup. Those two will continue with those roles during the preseason opener with Allen playing the first half and Browning playing the second.

Aug 10, 2022 10:32 AM EST

Seeing additional QB reps

Allen received extra snaps under center during Wednesday's training camp sessions while starting quarterback Joe Burrow was sidelined due to surgery, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Allen and third-stringer Jake Browning were the only two quarterbacks to see action during Cincinnati's practice Wednesday. The two should continue to see additional reps with Burrow's availability uncertain after undergoing emergency surgery to remove his appendix Tuesday. It's unknown if the starter's status for Week 1 is under duress given the uncommon nature of this procedure, but Allen should be the next in line to play quarterback in the meantime.

Jul 28, 2022 12:27 PM EST

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

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