Pat Shurmur On Josh Allen: 'Guy That Had A Chance To Be A Starter'

Jake Brown
September 11, 2019 - 2:59 pm

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The Giants are very satisfied with their pick of Saquon Barkley at No. 2 in the 2018 NFL Draft. They decided to pass up on quarterback Josh Allen, who went to the Bills with the 7th pick. 

The Giants open up their home slate on Sunday afternoon as they welcome Allen and the Bills to town. It's the second straight week the Bills will play at MetLife Stadium, after beating the Jets in comeback fashion last week, 17-16. 

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was asked about Allen and how the team evaluated him leading up to the draft last year. Shurmur said Allen was "a guy that had a chance to be a starter in the NFL." 

The second-year head coach doubled down on the statement. 

“I thought he had a chance to be a starter,” Shurmur repeated. “I was asked what I thought of him and, ya know, that’s what we thought of him: he had a chance to be a starter.”

Allen hasn't exactly lit the world on fire with his play, but he started 11 games and went 5-6 in those starts last season and has the Bills off to a 1-0 start this year. Allen had 18 total TDs last season, 12 interceptions and two fumbles lost and threw for 2,074 yards and ran for 631. He threw for 254 yards and a TD in the win over the Jets in Week 1. 

Allen will have his chance to prove Shurmur wrong in a game that could send the Giants to an 0-2 start.