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2019 NFL Draft: Who meets the Jaguars offensive tackle thresholds?

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This table shows athletic testing updated as of 4/8/2019 -- Demetrius Harvey

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2019 offseason with glaring needs along the right side of the offensive line, as well as some improved depth. After moving on from the oft-injured Jermey Parnell and his $6 million cap figure last month, the Jaguars are in a tight spot regarding what direction they want to take the right tackle position. Although the team may believe in 2018 fourth-round pick Will Richardson, he was not able to compete at all during his rookie season in 2018, and eventually landed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Moving onto the NFL Draft, the Jaguars are very likely to select at least one or more offensive linemen to compete and/or start along the offensive line. Although the Jaguars have selected only six offensive linemen during the Dave Caldwell era, it would behoove them to double down in this area for both starting and depth purposes.

The 2019 NFL Draft class offers a ton of offensive tackles to choose from. However, the question is, what is the Jaguars “type” at offensive tackle, exactly? I broke down the Jaguars offensive line thresholds to figure that out.

Since the Jaguars seemingly do not prioritize the offensive line in the draft, I included the team’s free agent acquisitions and any relevant offensive linemen on the roster over the past six years since Dave Caldwell was named General Manager. I have also included the Buffalo Bills’ offensive tackle draft picks from when current Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone held the same position in Buffalo, with the assumption that his offensive line background and experise weighed heavily on all OL additions with the Bills as well as here in Jacksonville.

For the sake of as much brevity as possible, I will only be focusing on the offensive tackles in this article. Expect a post on interior offensive linemen to follow shortly after this publication.

Here are each of the Jaguars draft picks or relevant free agent acquisitions over the past six seasons:

The variables tracked: Official height, weight, arm length, hand size, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, 20-yard short shuttle, bench press, and how each player was acquired.

Note:
Kelvin Beachum was removed from the tracking table and was listed as an outlier particularly because of his arm-length – measuring a full inch shorter than any other tackle the Jaguars have signed/drafted in the past. His four-year contract option was not picked up after year one – the year Marrone took over as head coach and the offensive tackle “type” became a little more strict.  I assigned Josh Walker the guard role as that position is what he was originally signed to compete at.

The statistics I used to create a scale for the table below are as follows:

MIN = the lowest (or highest, depending on the metric) value an offensive tackle the Jaguars have brought in has achieved.

MAX = the highest (or lowest, depending on the metric) value an offensive tackle the Jaguars have brought in has achieved.

AVERAGE = the average score for each metric by offensive tackles the Jaguars have acquired

STDEV = Standard deviation of the sample set from the mean

%TILE RANGE = the NFL offensive tackle percentile range from the lowest – highest score

Players who are within these numbers in some way for those respective categories will be classified somewhere in a green spectrum. If any player’s category is below the minimum for that specific statistic, then they will be within a red spectrum which means they not as ideal for the Jaguars as they have never* brought in a player that has posted lower scores.

According to the table above, the Jaguars are seemingly very biased towards players who have longer arms. The shortest arm length beside Beachum’s and Walker’s (listed as a guard) is 34.3″, which still ranks in the 56th percentile among NFL offensive tackles dating back to 2000. Therefore, a lot of the players listed in the chart below for the offensive tackles in the 2019 NFL Draft will miss the mark when it comes to arm-length.

*according to the list of players I have examined with appropriate athletic testing scores and measurements.

2019 NFL Draft: Offensive tackle prospects

Using the Jaguars percentile ranges, I was able to determine roughly which metrics they cared about the most. The Jaguars appear to focus more on the size of the player rather than the athletic testing.

If the player has high marks (green) in the size department, but misses the mark a little on the athleticism, they have a greater chance of being high on the Jaguars board, thus placing them in the first tier (perfect match). If they miss the mark a bit (light red) on size, but nail it in the athleticism department, they fall in tier two (near perfect match). If they miss the mark on size completely (dark red), and athleticism they are in tier three (not a match).

Some players on the list are missing information, due to a lack of participation at the NFL Combine and/or their Pro Days. However, I used the information I had at my disposal from a variety of outlets including NFL.com, @MathBomb (relativeathleticscore.com), Mockdraftable.com, and our own Locked On Jaguars sources.

NOTE: Simply because a player is in tier three (not a match) does not mean the Jaguars will not pick the player. These rankings are strictly based on their athletic profiles, and the Jaguars could very well value a player’s talent more than they value their ideal fit athletically. This list also does not contain every single offensive tackle prospect, however, it does contain every offensive tackle prospect to participate the NFL Combine and a multiple others.

The tiers below are organized based strictly on their athletic testing numbers compared to the Jaguars scales I listed above:

TIER 1 (Perfect match)

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida: Taylor is a highly sought-after prospect, and for good reason. He checks off every size requirement (6050, 312 pounds, and 35.13″ arms), and played well enough in 2018 to earn first round grades from most draft analysts. Zach Goodall of Locked On Jaguars will be posting his own official scouting report on Taylor tomorrow, April 10th.

Taylor is almost the consensus mock prospect for the Jaguars amongst NFL Draft communities, and there would be no shock if he were to be their pick at No. 7. During his time at Florida, he earned 2nd team All-SEC honors from Athlon Sports and garnered Freshman All-American honors by multiple outlets. Goodall recently sat down with the prospect to discuss his draft process and time at the University of Florida. The Jaguars hosted Taylor for a top 30 visit recently.

William Sweet, OT, North Carolina: Sweet is an interesting prospect due to not only his size (6060, 313 pounds, and 34.38″ arms) but also his ties to Jacksonville. Sweet is a local player from First Coast High School who went on to be a 4-star prospect, landing with the University of North Carolina. While at UNC, Sweet earned high marks as the offensive line unit accumulated a low .91 sacks per game, ranking 2nd in the ACC. He also posted 71 knockdowns in nine games. Although he is mainly a left tackle, the Jaguars may want to keep an eye on him for depth purposes.

Greg Little, OT, Mississippi: Little (6052, 310 pounds, and 35.25″ arms) earned 2018 2nd-Team All American honors from multiple outlets, 2018 All-SEC First Team honors from the Associated Press and Coaches Poll, and many more accolades. Little is probably one of the least talked about offensive tackles in this draft, yet his career atc  Ole Miss deserves high praise. Although he is likely to go in late round one, and is another player who started on the left side primarily, who could fall into the Jaguars laps during round two.

Matt Kauffman, OT, Towson: Kauffman is a little known prospect out of Towson who could pique the Jaguars interest. The Jaguars are always on the hunt for smaller school players who may not have gotten enough exposure. Especially a player of Kauffman’s size (6060, 310 pounds, and 35.38″ arms). A source told Locked On Jaguars that Jaguars scout Chris Snee – the son-in-law of Jaguars EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin – attended Kauffman’s Pro Day and met with Kauffman’s representation following his drills.

Oli Udoh, OT, Elon: Coined the “Jermey Parnell clone” by Zach Goodall, Udoh certainly lives up to the size (6054, 323 pounds, and 35.38″ arms). Another small school prospect who found his way to the senior bowl this offseason. Udoh took advantage of that opportunity and piqued the interest of many scouts in attendance, and possibly even the Jaguars. Goodall recently sat down with Udoh on the Locked On Jaguars podcast. It is well worth the listen.

Other Tier 1 prospects: Donnell Greene, Isaiah Prince, Joshua Miles, Martez Ivey

TIER 2 (Near perfect match)

Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State: Risner is a favorite prospect of ours here at Locked On Jaguars, and for good reason. Risner is an absolute mauler on the offensive line and in the run game, with positional versatility. Although he has a bit to improve upon regarding his pass protection, Risner nearly fits the Jaguars size profile (6045, 312 pounds, 34″ arms), and earned 2018 First Team All American honors. Risner is another player Goodall had the pleasure of talking with.

Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State: Howard is another small-school Senior Bowl player who might find himself being drafted higher than some expect. Howard is a mammoth of a man (6050, 322 pounds, and 34″ arms), and has plenty of potentials to improve and eventually become a starting tackle in the NFL despite coming from an FCS program.

Michael Jordan, OL, Ohio State: Jordan barely missed the mark with 34.5″ arms. His 6057, 327-pound frame is plenty of reason to get excited about, though. Jordan earned First-Team All-American honors from multiple outlets and played and started in all 41 of his games at Ohio State. Jordan played center at Ohio State this past season, but did not appear as comfortable there as he has in the past at guard and yet has a great size profile to play tackle, so his transition to the NFL will be interesting to monitor.

And no, he isn’t to be confused with, or related to, *that* Michael Jordan.

Other Tier 2 Prospects: Devon Johnson, Jackson Barton, Brandon Hitner, Mitch Hyatt, Ryan Pope, Trey Pipkins, Tyler Roemer, Tyree St. Louis, Yosh Nijman

Incomplete: Yodny Cajuste

TIER 3 (Not a match)

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama: Here we go. Jonah Williams is probably the best offensive tackle prospect out of anyone on this list, yet he is here in tier three. Unfortunately, his size (6044, 302 pounds, and 33.63″ arms) simply does not match up at all with what the Jaguars look for in an offensive tackle. However, the Jaguars absolutely could still take him with the seventh overall pick based on talent alone.

If there is one player in this draft class where you should surrender most of your athletic/analytical thought to in return for pure film dominance and experience, it is Williams. Williams initially started at right tackle during his freshman year at Alabama, as Jaguars offensive lineman Cam Robinson was starting at the left tackle position. After Robinson left for the NFL, Williams moved to the left side for his final two years for the Crimson Tide. Williams has earned high honors in all three seasons he played at Alabama, including being an Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award finalist.

If the Jaguars want to go completely against the grain, you can bet Williams would be why. Although there is a possibility of Williams switching to guard as some outlets have predicted, I believe he will still make an excellent tackle in the NFL for years to come.

Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State: Another player who probably goes very high in the draft, yet does not fit what the Jaguars are looking for. Although he has the height (6050), and weight (315), he simply does not have probably their most important physical trait – arm length (33.50″ arms). Dillard is a great pass-protecting prospect by all accounts, and very likely will be going within the top 20 picks this spring.

Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington: The trend continues with Kaleb McGary, as he too will likely be selected somewhere in the early range of the draft. But due to his length, he does not fit what the Jaguars look for. 32.88″ arms simply do not cut it as the Jaguars have never drafted or signed a player specifically to play tackle with that length. McGary did complete a top 30 visit with the Jaguars recently, however, so it’s safe to wonder if they envision him as a guard in their offense.

Cody Ford, OT, Clemson: Ford is likely to enter the NFL as a guard, likely due to his height (6036). Although his arm length is not too bad (34″) compared to the Jaguars’ standards, his height will absolutely be the reason why they would pass on the prospect.

Other Tier 3 prospects: Andre James, Bobby Evans, Brandon Knight, Calvin Anderson, Chuma Edoga, David Edwards, Dennis Daley, Derwin Gray, Dru Samia, Ethan Greenidge, Iosua Opeta, Max Sharping, Paul Adams, Ryan Bates, Tyler Jones, Zack Bailey

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars vs. Texans preview: Keys to success, matchups to watch

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Aug 29, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) works out during warmups before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars look to rebound in a major way this Sunday against the Houston Texans. It all starts with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, II who will start in place of the injured Nick Foles.

Nick Foles is out, and Gardner Minshew is in. The outcome for Sunday’s game against the Texans will likely be determined by the ability of the rookie quarterback. In order to be successful, the team must play better on defense and around Minshew.

Game Time info

  • When: Sunday, September, 15th 1:00 PM  ET
  • Where: NRG Stadium, Houston Texas
  • Watch: CBS47 (click)
  • Listen: Jacksonville 1010XL AM, 92.5FM

Five Keys to Success

  1. Stay healthy
    We put this every week, but I suppose the Jaguars are not listening. The Jaguars will be without at least six players due to various injuries on Sunday including offensive linemen Cam Robinson and Cedric Ogbuehi, cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, tight end Josh Oliver, and wide receiver Marqise Lee. No matter how hard the Jaguars tried to escape it, the injury bug has most definitely caught up.
  2. Stop (limit?) DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller
    Last week, the Jaguars faced probably the best offense in the NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs. This week, they face another daunting challenge with Texans receivers DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller. Fuller is one of five players in the NFL to record 10 receiving touchdowns on 100-or-less targets since 2017.
  3. Protect Minshew at all costs
    The Jaguars absolutely cannot afford another injury at the quarterback position. Last week, the team sent a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for quarterback Josh Dobbs. There is no reason for anyone to want Dobbs to take the field on Sunday. While the Texans got rid of defensive end Jadevon Clowney, they are still a force to be reckoned with along the front seven with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
  4. Get after the quarterback
    Last week, the Jaguars were unable to bring down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. This week, they will be tasked with bringing down Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. The good news for the Jaguars defensive line is Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson holds onto the ball (2.73 seconds per pass) much longer than Mahomes (2.42 seconds). The advantage should go to Jacksonville against Houston’s offensive line even without Ngakoue.
  5. Keep it simple
    Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash admitted he might have gotten a little “too cute” when playing the Chiefs explosive offense last week. This week, the defensive play-callers needs to keep it simple and allow his defense to just play their game. The Jaguars gave up seven straight scoring drives to the Chiefs last week.

Key Matchups 

  • Jalen Ramsey vs. DeAndre Hopkins
    This is fun. Every time these two players meet, something happens. Both players will get the best of each other, and Ramsey is likely to follow Hopkins around the field as he did with Hill last week. Hopkins spoke to the media last week and complimented the cornerback, and unsurprisingly, Ramsey did the same.
  • Josh Allen vs. Laremy Tunsil
    With Ngakoue out, Allen will be the Jaguars number one pass rusher going up against Houston Texans’ offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Allen was highly complimentary of Tunsil last week and is looking forward to playing much better this week than he did in week one.
  • Jaguars receivers vs. Texans defensive backs
    Lee being out for Sunday’s matchup is inconsequential. The Jaguars top three receivers, Chris Conley, D.J. Chark, and Dede Westbrook are good to go. Chark put on a show last week against the Chiefs after hauling in four passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. The Texans secondary is suspect at best and should be a terrific matchup to watch on Sunday.
  • Jaguars secondary vs. Texans’ receivers
    The Jaguar secondary last week was, for lack of a better word, awful. Giving up 378 passing yards will not get it done. The Jaguars ranked second in pass defense last year, and currently rank 29th after their week one loss. Something’s gotta give this week against the Texans and the Jaguars will see — even without Bouye — how they will move forward on defense.

Players to watch

Gardner Minshew — Minshew Mania ran rampant in Jacksonville this week, off of a loss. If the mustache wearing, jorts sporting, rockstar from Mississippi can lead the Jaguars to victory there may be a parade. Absolutely the key player of the week, and the number one player to watch against the Texans on Sunday. Minshew will need to stay within himself and lead the Jaguars offense to scoring drives early and often. His old ball coach believes in him, do you?

Tre Herndon — Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon needs to be ready against the Texans on Sunday. Going up against DeAndre Hopkins and/or Will Fuller is no easy task. Herndon said after practice on Friday that his preparation for Sunday’s game has not changed and he has leaned on Bouye for how he should cover Fuller and Hopkins. Both receivers present different, but equally effective difficulties.

Leonard Fournette — Fournette was off to a rather stellar game against the Chiefs last week before the Jaguars defense put them in a hole forcing the team to turn to the passing game. If the Jaguars can remain balanced on Sunday, Fournette should be in for another solid game, adding onto his 5.3 yards-per-carry average for the season.

Marcell Dareus — Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed last week’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs due to an elbow injury. Now that he’s back, the 331-pound defensive tackle should provide a force in the middle of the field, eating up blockers and allowing the linebackers to move more freely to the ball carrier. It will be important to keep a close eye on him as the game moves forward to see how healthy he truly is.

Official game prediction: Jaguars 10, Texans 24

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Jaguars officially rule out Bouye, Lee against Texans

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Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) warms up prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars have officially ruled out cornerback A.J. Bouye and receiver Marqise Lee for Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans.

After being listed as questionable following Friday’s practice both A.J. Bouye (hip) and Marqise Lee (knee) have been ruled out for the Jaguars match against the Houston Texans tomorrow.

Lee came into the week after playing in his first regular-season game since December 2017 with progress on his surgically repaired knee. After being limited in practice on Thursday for “precautionary reasons”, Lee did not participate on Friday.

Coming into this season there were legitimate questions whether or not Lee would be ready for week one. There are not legitimate concerns on whether the receiver has suffered a setback on his knee or if this was in the plans all along. The latter seems unlikely.

Receivers Keelan Cole and C.J. Board will step up in place of Lee on Sunday.

Bouye battled through a hip injury all week and was limited in both Thursday and Friday’s practices for the team. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone all but ruled him out after being asked about the chances of the cornerback playing on Sunday during his post-practice press conference yesterday stating, “I’d probably think, probably doubtful. We’ll be ready to go. We’re planning on him probably not playing. I’m sure he’s going to give it everything he has to be healthy.”

With Bouye out, second-year cornerback Tre Herndon will likely start in his place with D.J. Hayden remaining in the slot. Herndon spoke about the prospect of him playing a bigger role on Sunday shortly after practice concluded on Friday.

“In the position that I’m in, being that fourth corner, that’s kinda my card. Anyone get down, get tired, [I] gotta be able to step in and cut no slack. That’s my mindset, treating it like another game. Blessed with the opportunity and try to make the most out of it.”

Herndon will need to be on his A-game during Sunday’s matchup as he is likely to be covering Will Fuller or DeAndre Hopkins. Both players pose a significant threat to the Jaguars secondary.

The Jaguars have now ruled out six players for Sunday’s matchup including Bouye, Lee, tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring), offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring), defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring), and left tackle Cam Robinson (coaches decision).

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Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen is just getting started

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Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) looks on during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Selecting defensive end Josh Allen at seventh overall was — by many observers — a complete steal by the Jaguars. Now, the young pass rusher is honing his craft to become one of the best in the league.

Throughout the offseason, preseason, and now shortly into the regular season, Jaguars fans and the Jaguars coaching staff have seen the type of versatility, pass rush, and skill set  Josh Allen can provide to the team.

Whether it’s playing linebacker, defensive end, or defensive tackle, Allen can do it all. Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft, Allen was thought of as more of a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, in just a few months the now-275-pound athlete is proving otherwise.

“The most I can do man is the better I can be,” Allen told Locked on Jaguars shortly after practice this week when asked about his versatility. “It means I can be out there on the field more, doing more things. I love being a versatile player, I love being able to do a lot of different things so I can stay on that field as much as I can and make plays for my team.”

The Jaguars rookie played 75% of the team’s defensive snaps last week (51/68 plays) while seeing action at three separate positions — defensive end, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker. Allen has also shown he can defend the pass, especially in the flats as seen during the team’s third preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

The fiery pass-rusher dons the number 41, a number in which he himself admits is unconventional, and while at first, he did not care for it, it eventually grew on him.

“My freshman year I thought it was my locker number,” Allen said while laughing. “I wasn’t happy when I got it. I was trying to change it, to be real. You know they told me I couldn’t and it just stuck with me and I just kept wearing it.”

Typically a player’s number has some sort of significance to it, but that is not the case for Allen. What is significant to him, however, is his son. The absolute reason why he suits up and plays with the intensity that he does on the gridiron. While Allen wants to be the best player, his son has always, and will always come first.

“You know I got in this game to give my family a better opportunity at life, and now that I’m here man, it’s just my main focus is to provide for my family and provide for myself.”

While at Kentucky, Allen nearly entered the draft as a junior, but once his son was born he had a different perspective on life, and on football. As a junior, Allen posted seven sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss. Respectable numbers which likely would slot him in the first to the third-round range. Allen took it as a challenge and flourished.

During his senior year, Allen posted record-setting numbers with 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles-for-loss which — for a Kentucky defensive player — is unheard of. To that end, Allen quickly climbed draft boards, many slotting him in as a top-three pick.

Now in the NFL, Allen is striving for even more. “Of course I want to be the best,” Allen said. “I got a little bit on my shoulders, but I’m willing to go a long mile with that.”

The defensive end will have a lot on his shoulders this Sunday. With his partner-in-crime Yannick Ngakoue out with a hamstring issue, many assume Allen will need to pick up the slack left by the pro bowler’s absence, but that is not his mentality at all. Instead, Allen looks at it in a rather selfless, team-oriented perspective.

“It is what it is,” Allen said when asked about Ngakoue being out on Sunday and him playing a little more. “I pray he gets better. That’s main priority number one, is for him to get healthy. It’s not about me playing more or him not being here. It’s about him being healthy and us playing 100% on the defense.”

Allen has been about the team more than himself since college, illustrating that with his desire to suit up in a bowl game he didn’t necessarily have to play in. Now in Jacksonville, that perspective has not changed. Similar to his role on Sunday.

“My role hasn’t changed any,” Allen said. “I played when he was in the game, played when he (Ngakoue) wasn’t in the game. It’s not gonna be a big change for me, but I just pray he gets better so we can be a complete unit.”

While Allen’s role may not change for Sunday, not having Ngakoue will most definitely affect the Jaguars chances of winning. Ngakoue has yet to miss a game during his four-year career, and has been the most productive edge rusher on the team during that span, along with defensive end Calais Campbell.

Allen didn’t grow up a football player, and instead played basketball the majority of his life. Once he put the football pads on, however, Allen says he started studying all kinds of pass rushers. Allen would go on to list them off. (Bears defensive end) Khalil Mack, (Broncos outside linebacker) Von Miller, (Former Broncos outside linebacker) DeMarcus Ware, (Colts defensive end) Justin Houston. Some of the best defensive ends, and football players of the past decade. “I feel like I can do the stuff they do,” Allen quipped.

Allen has drawn comparisons to Mack and Miller throughout the draft process and even now shortly into his professional career. If Allen can “do the stuff they do”, he will have been an absolute steal as many pundits predicted.

For now, Allen will continue to hone his craft and stay under the wings of Campbell and Ngakoue. He has leaned on both players for guidance throughout the offseason, and into the regular season. “Calais has been in the league for a long time, Yan for a little bit of time — he’s one of those primetime players,” Allen said. “Having them in my corner has been a blessing, a big help. Not only is it gonna help me, but they’re gonna help the whole team as well.”

Now, going into his second career game, his next test will be against one of the best offensive tackle’s in the game in Texans offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil. “He’s a big guy, he’s real physical on the point of attack,” Allen said when asked what he’s seen out of Tunsil on tape. “It makes a lot of big plays. He’s [a] real athletic tackle — that doesn’t discredit anything — so we’re still gonna have to put the pressure on him and get to the quarterback.”

It’s clear former Wildcat thinks highly of himself. Last week, Allen was credited with having three pressures and one quarterback hit according to Pro Football Focus — the most amount of overall pressures on the team. Yet, the defensive end described his play as just “alright”, when asked about it.

“I know I can work on some things to get better and plan to do those this week.”

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