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Josh Allen will play defensive end in Jacksonville

Kentucky’s versatile defensive weapon is sticking to one position in his first NFL season.

Josh Allen was college football’s unanimous defensive player of the year in 2019 after recording 21.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. Feared by opponents for his pass-rushing prowess, his ability to drop back into coverage made him undeniably the best defender in the country. He won’t be doing much of that in Jacksonville.

“Josh Allen was drafted to be a defensive end,” defensive coordinator Todd Wash said this week.

Shortly after Allen was drafted, starting linebacker Telvin Smith announced he was stepping away from football for a year. Many Jaguar fans hoped Allen could potentially fill that void. Head coach Doug Marrone initially left the door open for a move down the road, until Wash slammed it shut.

“He did a real nice job of dropping in college,” Wash said, adding “I can’t honestly say being a [former] D-Line [defensive line coach] that I don’t get too excited about a 15-sack guy dropping into coverage.

“Hopefully, you won’t see too damned much of that.”

Instead of dropping back as a 3/4 outside linebacker, he’ll rush the passer as a 4/3 defensive end. Allen’s assignments will be simpler as a defensive end. He just has to get used to exploding out of a three-point stance. I have a feeling he’ll master that craft well ahead of his rookie debut.

Allen was sidelined from the voluntary workouts last week with a knee contusion, but he was not included in the latest injury report from the Jaguars.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Josh Allen will play defensive end in Jacksonville

  1. I understand what the coach is saying, but Josh helped save the Florida game on more than just the last play. On an earlier play, he started to rush, recognized that someone (an RB I think) was going to be open for a pass, changed direction and covered the guy, and saved either a TD or a 2 point conversion. The latter I think.

    • satcheluk
      1:57 am June 2, 2019 Permalink

      It was the TE, if u r referring to the play where he dove back and tipped it away.

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:45 pm June 1, 2019 Permalink

    He played some hand down and did well.