Josh Allen spent the 2018 season terrorizing SEC quarterbacks as the most dominant defender in all of college football. After making the leap to the NFL, not much has changed.
The seventh overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Allen quickly learned the differences between rushing the passer in the SEC and in the AFC South.
“You gotta get there quicker and you gotta be more efficient. You can’t just run around a lot of these guys,” Allen told me in an interview on Kentucky Roll Call. “You gotta work technique and you gotta use it faster. It’s all about rushing together. You can’t just have one person rushing and everybody else do what they wanna do. It’s legit a plan and you have to depend on the person beside you to do their job so you can make the play.”
The plan has worked well so far for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Through four games he has two sacks and 16 QB pressures, tied for fifth in the NFL. Allen credits Brad White for making his move to the NFL a smooth transition.
“When Coach White got there, that’s when I started getting the idea of NFL terminology, being coached and things like that. I felt like Kentucky did a great job of keeping me developed as a player, on and off the field, and just being there for me when I need it the most. I feel like Kentucky did a lot and I’m grateful for them.”
In our 15-minute conversation Allen explained what it’s like to be a rookie in the NFL. He shared his goals for the season and offered me a few essential parenting tips. Click here to listen to the entire conversation with No. 41.