The Jacksonville Jaguars defense will welcome EDGE rusher Josh Allen back.
EDGE defender Josh Allen didn’t go away but he wasn’t himself in 2020. The Kentucky product had a very productive rookie campaign, appearing in all 16 games while posting 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Moreover, he earned a Pro Bowl designation in 2019. However, a knee injury limited him to eight games last season and his production took a hit, posting a paltry 2.5 sacks. On the bright side, he’s now healthy and should get back on track in 2021.
Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen certainly believes Allen will have a great season. The former Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach met with the local media after practice and said he expects big things from the 2019 first-round selection.
Allen is certainly excited about this upcoming season and the new regime. He said the Jags’ have a ‘new culture’ and pointed out that you can notice it anywhere.
"Entirely new and you can see it everywhere you look. A new environment, new players, new staff, even the building has changed. I love what we have here, the intensity that we have here."
Furthermore, Allen should have more favorable matchups in 2021. Last season, the Jaguars’ defense lacked playmakers up front, so they made it a priority to fortify their defense this offseason. Moreover, K’Lavon Chaisson, who is switching to strong linebacker, is poised to have a breakout season.
Earlier this year, Cullen said that the defense should have no trouble doubling their sack totals from last year. A healthy Allen should help them achieve that goal.