Josh Allen is officially a player in the NFL, and he gave the press conference to prove it. The former Cat and his family made their way to the Sunshine State Friday, and the latest member of the Jaguars met with local reporters for the first time. He was joined by Head Coach Doug Marrone and General Manager Dave Caldwell, who were very welcoming toward their first-round pick.
“This is an excellent young man that we have high expectations for, but we know he has higher expectations than we do,” Caldwell said of Allen. “He has a very high ceiling for us.”
Allen went to Jacksonville as the No. 7 selection, which was a bit lower than many experts expected. But one man’s loss is another’s gain, and the front office for the Jaguars was ecstatic.
“This was the one guy – that if he fell to us – we said we’re going to take him regardless of any other offers that we have,” Caldwell said of Allen. “Fortunately for us, he fell to us.”
As for Allen, he’s ready to find his roll on the team’s defense, which is something he’s looking forward to with this team specifically.
“The defense here is crazy: they have swag, they have experience, they have young talent. I’m about to be a part of that and make my peers better.”
While he said his mom is just happy he’s going somewhere warm, he’s happy to be playing for a team with an established defense.
“I’d rather go to a team that needs me, rather than a team that just thinks I’m the best player,” Allen said. “I feel like I can contribute a lot [for the Jags] and I feel like they can use my talents. They know what I do best and they want to utilize that.”
The media also had a few questions about his time in Lexington – namely, how he was able to develop himself from a 2-star recruit into one of the top picks in the NFL Draft.
“Being a 2-star is not fun unless a team takes a chance on you,” Allen said. “I was willing to put the work in – I knew I was better than that. I went to work everyday trying to compete with the best and be the best.”
In the end, his ranking only motivated him to push himself harder.
“Being a 2-star kept a chip on my shoulder, and I still have a lot of chips that I’m going to play with this year and for the rest of my career.”
Could falling to the No. 7 pick add another chip to Allen’s shoulder? Only time will tell, but I’d never bet against Josh Allen.
You can watch the entire interview HERE.