John Elway will be in person to watch Josh Allen’s bowl game

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Josh Allen
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Josh Allen /

Denver Broncos GM John Elway, as well as Matt Russell, will be at the Idaho Potato Bowl to watch quarterback prospect Josh Allen play…

I suppose John Elway would not be adequately doing his job if he didn’t take every opportunity to analyze the incoming class of quarterbacks for the 2018 NFL Draft, but the Broncos have seemingly been connected to Josh Allen of Wyoming more than any other name in the class.

Elway and Matt Russell are going to be in Boise, Idaho for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game, which pits Wyoming against Central Michigan.

Normally, a bowl game like that would probably not be heavily attended by NFL scouts, but Allen is a polarizing player and Elway will probably be just one representative of a ‘who’s who’ of executives at this bowl game.

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Allen was one of the players of focus when the Broncos sent a scout (or scouts) to the Wyoming vs. Oregon game earlier this college season.

That game featuring Wyoming and Oregon was obviously a good chance to look at other potential first or second day players like Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby (offensive tackle) or Royce Freeman (running back) as well as 2019 quarterback prospect Justin Herbert, but the Broncos’ interest or at least intrigue in Allen can’t be denied at this point.

The question is — why?

Allen has had two straight seasons with a completion percentage hovering around 56 percent. Not to mention, this current season has been disastrous for him from an on-field production standpoint, and the hype train for him coming into the season clearly just ran him over:

There’s no doubt about it — the pressure has been heavy on Allen this year to perform, and there’s also no way around the fact that he simply hasn’t played well. I’ve not yet attended a game of his, but I have been watching every game of his this year, and I’ve been having to grasp at straws to find positives.

The talent is definitely there, but going up against a pretty good Central Michigan defense today, Allen is going to need to play really well to bump up his 2018 NFL Draft stock.