It’s likely been a tumultuous 24 hours or so for Josh Allen, after tweets the quarterback sent as a high schooler in which he used a racial slur were dug up and highlighted on Wednesday night, but it likely all disappeared after his phone began ringing around 8:45 p.m. ET on Thursday.
That’s when Allen got the call that the Buffalo Bills were drafting the former Wyoming quarterback at No. 7, trading up from No. 12 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get a player many figured would have been gone at that spot.
The Bills traded their two second-round picks, at Nos. 53 and 56, as well as their original first-round spot to Tampa Bay to make the move.
“I want to say thank you to the Bills for putting their faith in me,” Allen said on ESPN. “This is one of the greatest moments of my life.”
Allen is best known for his huge arm, but there have been consistent questions about his accuracy – he completed just 56 percent of his passes as Wyoming’s starter the last two seasons.
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