Kyle Allen lead the Carolina Panthers to their first win of the season. An undrafted QB who people know believe should start ahead of the Cam Newton once he returns to fitness. But what else do we know about him and is he up to the challenge?
Last week, Allen threw for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns. He looked like a confident quarterback in only his second every second NFL start. So where did he come from? Originally he came from Arizona. Where he came out of high school as a 5 star recruit. With multiple offers on the table, he choose to attend Texas A&M.
In his first year, he started the final games of the season and looked like he was going to be the starter the following year. And he was named the starter but ended up sharing his snaps with the current starting quarterback Kyler Murray. This was far from ideal so at the end of the season he decided to transfer to Houston. Incidentally, Murray announced two weeks later he would transfer to Oklahoma.
Things didn’t really pan out. He had to sit out the 2016 season to comply with NCAA rules. After this, he lasted 4 games as starter before being benched for Kyle Postma. It came as a surprise when he decided to declare for the 2018 NFL draft at the end of the season. That didn’t pan out as planned. he didn’t even get an invite to the NFL combine and went undrafted.
The Panthers signed Allen to the practise squad and released him again 5 times before being called into the active squad in December 2018 due to an injury to Cam Newton. He was back up to Taylor Heinicke and made his first start once Heinicke was ruled out through injury. He threw for 228 yard and 2 TDs against a Saint’s team who were resting multiple starters.
This offseason, Allen managed to beat Heinicke to the back up role and now has an opportunity to prove his worth. Currently, there still is no timeline on Newton’s return. Allen will start again this week but it really is too early to determine if he will become a long term solution to Newton’s recurring absence due to injury. And perhaps he could be the new franchise QB in Carolina. The sample size is far too small to jump to those conclusions yet.