Brandon Allen

Brandon Allen

Quarterback #8
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 212 lb.
Born:September 5, 1992
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 6 (201)
Draft Team:JAX

Brandon Allen: 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.

September 6, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Hitting waiver wire

Allen was waived by the Bengals on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Bengals also jettisoned Jake Dolegala leaving just Ryan Finley as the sole backup, although Pelissero hinted the team could make a move for one of the top backup QBs on the market thanks to their No. 1 waiver-wire claim. Considering Allen did register three starts last season it's almost guaranteed he'll at minimum make it on a team's practice squad, but it's unclear as to where he'll fall at the moment.

September 5, 2020 8:35 AM EST

Brandon Allen: Joins Cincinnati

Allen signed a contract with the Bengals on Saturday.

Analysis: Allen, who started three games with the Broncos last season and compiled 515 passing yards while completing under 50 percent of his passes, is expected to compete with incumbent Ryan Finley for the backup QB job behind No. 1 overall pick, Joe Burrow.

August 1, 2020 10:38 AM EST

Brandon Allen: Set for free agency

The Broncos won't tender Allen, making him an unrestricted free agent, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The team hopes they can still come to an agreement on a deal this offseason, however, other teams can enter the mix for Allen's services. Allen was set for spot-start duties with both Joe Flacco and Drew Lock injured in 2019, but with the latter returning to establish himself as the starter, Allen was relegated again to backup duties. The 27-year-old completed 39 of 84 passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during the 2019 season. Allen will likely be in line for backup duties wherever he lands heading into the 2020 season.

March 16, 2020 3:36 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Finishes 2019 on downswing

Allen completed 39 of 84 passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during the 2019 season. He ran for 39 yards on 10 carries.

Analysis: Allen went from surprise stud to questionable backup very, very quickly during the middle of the season. After posting an impressive 125.6 rating in a win over the Browns, that rating was cut in half to 61.9 in the following game against the Vikings and then was cut almost in half again to 32.4 in a loss to the Bills. Allen deserves at least some benefit of the doubt as the three games were his first regular-season playing experience, but he's been in the league since 2016. Assuming that Denver improves its offensive weaponry in the offseason, Allen could be a solid, inexpensive backup and potential spot-starter behind Drew Lock for the 2020 season, but it'd be a surprise if -- at the very least -- the Broncos don't give 2019 rookie Brett Rypien a shot at unseating him.

January 4, 2020 10:44 AM EST

Brandon Allen: Moves to bench

Drew Lock will start Sunday against the Chargers with Brandon Allen moving to a backup role, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Allen's putrid outing in the Week 12 loss at Buffalo led the Broncos to turn to Lock, who came off injured reserve after missing 12 games with a thumb injury. Allen may serve as the backup the rest of the season.

November 30, 2019 9:49 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Not assured of Week 13 start

General manager John Elway said Allen and Drew Lock (thumb) both will get practice reps this week before the Broncos make a decision on their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Allen's putrid outing Week 12 at Buffalo could inspire the Broncos to turn to Lock, who has been designated to return from injured reserve. The rookie wouldn't necessarily be an upgrade, but the Broncos probably want to see him get a few starts at some point before the conclusion of their dismal season. The decision for Week 13 likely will be made Thursday or Friday.

November 27, 2019 11:09 AM EST

Brandon Allen: Continues descent

Allen completed 18 of 25 passes for 82 yards and an interception during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo. He added eight yards on two carries.

Analysis: Those stats are not a typo as Allen completed just three of his 14 attempts in the second half for a total of seven yards. Facing a stingy Buffalo defense and unable to cut through the wind with his middling arm, Allen did not complete a pass on Denver's final five drives of the game. Still, the game was within reach for much of the game and a Broncos interception set Allen up in Buffalo territory late in the second quarter. He promptly had a miscommunication with Courtland Sutton and sailed an interception. Allen's solid, winning effort against the Browns feels like a season ago and the clock figures to start on potentially playing rookie Drew Lock sooner than later.

November 24, 2019 4:10 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Runs out of gas

Allen completed 17 of 39 passes for 240 yards, a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 27-23 loss in Minnesota.

Analysis: The Broncos relied heavily on trickery early Sunday and it paid dividends with the Broncos jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter thanks, in part, to a couple of big throws by Allen, including a 48-yarder to Courtland Sutton. When archaeologists dust off this game to see what went wrong, however, they'll find back-to-back drives to end the first half in which Allen air-mailed a pass to Sutton to settle for a field goal and then was picked on his second try. The big early lead still gave Allen a shot to pull it out at the end, but Allen was unable to connect on back-to-back-to-back attempts to end the game. The sheen has already worn off a bit for Allen after just two games and, while he is almost guaranteed to start against a very good Buffalo defense Sunday, the clock should start on Drew Lock Watch in December, assuming the rookie is activated off of injured reserve after suffering a preseason thumb injury.

November 17, 2019 3:48 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Finds new squad Sunday

Allen was claimed off waivers by the Broncos on Sunday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: With rookie Drew Lock heading to injured reserve with a thumb injury, the Broncos elected to bring in Allen as their backup for the time being. Allen had some solid performances during the preseason, and could be serviceable should starter Joe Flacco go down due to an unforeseen reason.

September 1, 2019 9:46 AM EST

Brandon Allen: Let go by Rams

Allen was waived by the Rams on Friday, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Analysis: Allen had been making a strong case for the third-string quarterback job throughout the preseason, but came up short in his efforts. The Arkansas product could be an intriguing option as a back-up, especially for teams running a similar style to the Rams.

August 31, 2019 7:12 AM EST

Brandon Allen: Makes case for possible No. 3 job

Allen completed 12 of 19 passes for 162 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Rams' 10-6 preseason win over the Broncos on Saturday. He also rushed once for seven yards.

Analysis: Allen drew the start and saw the bulk of playing time, and although he was efficient overall, he only was able to put together one scoring drive. John Wolford followed Allen, and although he only completed 50.0 percent of his 12 attempts, he did manage to notch the only touchdown of the game with a four-yard scoring throw to Jalen Greene. Allen has the advantage of having been on the practice squad all of last season, and he may therefore have the upper hand of the Rams opt to keep three quarterbacks.

August 24, 2019 9:55 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Rejoins team ahead of offseason

Allen signed a contract with the Rams on Thursday.

Analysis: Allen was on the Rams' practice squad for the duration of the 2018 season. A former sixth-round pick, there's a possibility Allen could compete for the backup role behind Jared Goff depending on how Sean Mannion's free agency prospects pan out. The fourth-year quarterback earned a meaningless start in Week 17 with the Rams having already earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC and completed 20 of 34 passes for 169 yards - hardly eye-popping numbers that will generate a plethora of potential suitors.

February 9, 2019 2:47 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Joins Ram's practice squad

The Rams signed Allen to their practice squad Thursday, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Allen was waived by Los Angeles earlier this week, and will serve as a deep depth option on the team's practice squad. The former sixth-round pick's will work to impress during his time on the practice squad, and hope that the Rams elect to carry three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in the future.

September 20, 2018 2:23 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Waived by Rams

Allen was waived by the Rams on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Allen is a candidate for the Rams' practice squad if he clears waivers, though Pellissero states that multiple teams were interested in him a year ago when he was let go by the Jaguars. Allen was a 2016 sixth-round pick by Jacksonville and has yet to appear in an NFL game.

September 18, 2018 4:07 PM EST

Brandon Allen: Expected to receive heavy workload in preseason finale

Allen is expected to play the first half of Thursday's preseason finale, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Allen figures to have cemented his place as the Rams No. 3 quarterback. The only issue for Allen is the possibility of Los Angeles going with just two quarterbacks into the regular season. In some ways, Thursday will serve as a tryout for Allen, if not for the Rams, then for 31 other potential suitors.

August 29, 2018 12:25 PM EST

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