“Josh has done such an incredible job. He’s wired the right way, he puts in a lot of time and effort, I can tell you that, when he’s away from us, honing his craft and the work he puts in with (private quarterbacks coach) Jordan Palmer,” McDermott said, via NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz and Steve Wyche. “So, every year that Josh has come back from the time off, he’s gotten better and he’s worked on a couple of aspects in particular of his game. So, this year has been no different, to this point. Now that he’s been away from us and as we head into camp, I’m anxious to see how he looks again and how he’s improved in the time that we’ve been apart here in the last four or five weeks.”
As for Allen’s upcoming contract extension, McDermott said he is leaving that to GM Brandon Beane.
“Brandon mentioned that, I think at the end of the spring practice period there, and these things handle themselves,” McDermott said. “They work themselves out when you got two parties that want to be together and have the same end goal in mind. Josh is a great, young talent and he fits so well with Buffalo and the city and the town and the people of Buffalo. So, I firmly believe it’s gonna work itself out.”
Broncos HC Vic Fangio said that he wants second-year C Lloyd Cushenberry to progress “from a mental standpoint” and play with more strength.
“Just to continue that growth mainly from a mental standpoint,” Fangio said, via Jon Heath of BroncosWire. “He needs to play stronger and stouter and I think that will happen after he’s had a good offseason of working out and having a better understanding of the offense, his job and his position.”
Fangio believes an added year of confidence will help Cushenberry in his second season.
“I think that confidence that he’ll have will allow him to play stronger and more physical along with the extra work he’s put in during the offseason. I expect him to improve mentally and that will help him improve physically along with him getting stronger.”
- ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on Sportscenter that the Patriots plan to meet with CB Stephon Gilmore before training camp to potentially finalize an extension. (Henry McKenna)
- Fowler mentions that there hasn’t been any traction in regards to a potential trade involving Gilmore because New England didn’t do enough to shore up the cornerback position this offseason.