Former Kentucky pass-rusher Josh Allen is having one heck of a rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and his Pro Bowl teammate feels he deserves to be rewarded for it.
This past weekend, the Jaguars edge rusher became just the sixth rookie since the 2010 season to break the double-digit sack mark in his first year in the NFL, joining Ndamukong Suh (2010), Aldon Smith (2011), Von Miller (2011), Joey Bosa (2016), and Bradley Chubb (2018). This season alone, Allen is first among rookies in sacks, second in QB hits, third in tackles for loss, and 12th in solo tackles.
Today, Jacksonville star pass-rusher Calais Campbell said in an interview that Allen was deserving of both Pro Bowl and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
“I’m Josh Allen’s biggest fan, I’m going to tell everyone out there who wants to compete with me, I’m Josh Allen’s biggest fan,” he said. “I’m always trying to motivate him and help him become the best player he can be. I think he should not only be a Pro Bowlder, but he really deserves Defensive Rookie of the Year. He’s an incredible player, incredible talent. His numbers speak for themselves. He leads all rookies in sacks, he gets a lot of pressure, he affects the game. He just makes my job easier, so I appreciate him very much.”
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 20, 2019
Allen, who has managed 39 tackles, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles through 14 games, was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.
While being a Pro Bowl alternate in your first year in the league, Nick Shook of NFL.com felt the honor wasn’t enough, naming Allen one of the biggest snubs in this year’s voting.
“We’re going to make a cross-conference comparison here for the sake of illustrating how two similar performances sometimes don’t receive the same level of acclaim,” Shook wrote. “Through 14 games, Allen has 39 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. The rookie has quietly put together a very solid debut campaign for an otherwise forgettable Jaguars squad. On the other side of the conference divide exists fellow rookie Nick Bosa, whose stat line reads: 41 tackles, nine sacks, three passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.
“Those numbers are pretty similar, right? Yes, Bosa’s production in passes defensed gives him a slight advantage, but aside from that, there isn’t a significant difference between the stat lines. Well, here’s a difference: Bosa’s team is in the heat of a tight division race, while Allen’s Jaguars have been eliminated from postseason contention. One has also received a lot more attention than the other in all forms of media.
“Bosa is a 2020 Pro Bowler. Allen is not.”
Can’t say we disagree, Mr. Shook.