If you’ve been even loosely following along here at KSR, on social media, or on the television since last night, you’d know that former Kentucky superstar Josh Allen absolutely stole the show in Jacksonville’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
He registered four tackles, two tackles for loss, and two QB hits, but that didn’t even tell the entire story. He probably needed to pay a bit of rent for all the time he spent in the Miami backfield.
His highlights were simply ridiculous:
Jaguars DE Josh Allen was a PROBLEM tonight ?
— Sports Related (@SportsRelated) August 23, 2019
After the game, those within the Jacksonville franchise couldn’t stop singing Allen’s praises, with one individual calling the former Wildcat the “LeBron James” of football.
Four-year linebacker Myles Jack said Allen’s freaky athleticism reminds him of the 6-foot-8, 250-pound NBA superstar.
“He’s a beast,” he said. “They did their research on that pick. That was a great pick. Josh is very talented, very athletic. It’s freaky, man. That’s why I call him ‘LeBron James.’ He’s athletic. He can do a lot of things.”
Four-time Pro Bowl defensive end and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Calais Campbell said his new teammate was “lights out” for the Jaguars on Thursday evening.
“He was lights out for sure. Played well in the run game. Played well in the pass game. He missed a couple of sacks so we still have some stuff to work on.”
Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said the sky is the limit for Allen not only in the future, but during his debut season in the league.
“He’s been outstanding all camp, he really has,” Marrone said. “He’s made plays –he’s a humble guy. And then to see him out here and really light up and play the game, there’s no telling what type of year this guy can have.”
Marrone also added that out of all the success he had against the Dolphins, the few slip-ups are going to make him work even harder moving forward. That’s just his mindset.
“Whatever you see tonight, I can promise you that kid, he’s going to work twice as hard, he’s going to be twice as pissed if he missed something,” he said. “That’s how he is. And he goes after it.”
Six teams made very, very poor decisions when they decided to pass on Josh Allen.