On Thursday night on national television, Jacksonville Jaguars first round pick Josh Allen showed to be a one man wrecking crew. Allen pummeled the Miami Dolphins offensive line, running backs and quarterbacks play after play. Even if Allen didn’t make the play, a large part of the time he was the reason for the play being made. He was a man on a mission and you could tell he was playing with extreme confidence.
After the game, Allen credited a lot of his play to the ability of his teammates now that he was playing with the actual starters.
“I practice with those men every day so I know how they rush, I know how they play, especially in the back end,” Allen said after the game. “I know how they cover, so I was real confident today. If I do my job well, good things were going to happen.”
With the rest of the Jaguars starters in the game, Allen knew he could rely on the likes of Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, A.J. Bouye etc. would handle their business so he could just play free. Allen only played 27 snaps, but they might have been some of the most dominate 27 preseason snaps I’ve seen in the past few seasons.
“This guy has unbelievable skill. You’re talking about a guy that’s 6’4”, 6’5” and 275 pounds and can run, can cover and can do a lot of things. It’s a benefit,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said after the game when asked about Allen’s instincts as a rookie. “But make no mistake about it, we like him going after the quarterback.”
Allen’s box score was unimpressive last night, but if you watched the game, he was a complete wrecking ball at both defensive end and standing up in some hybrid 3-4 looks.