Heading into the offseason, Josh Allen wasn’t exactly lost, but the Jacksonville Jaguars' outside linebacker felt like he wasn’t where he was supposed to be: Performing at an elite level.
He certainly looked like he was headed there in 2019 after setting a franchise rookie record with 10.5 sacks, but two years later, there are questions about whether he’s ever going to become the elite pass-rusher the franchise envisioned when they selected him seventh overall.
Allen admits those questions are deserved.
Since his rookie season, he has just 10 sacks in 24 games, and he’s battled injuries and struggled with consistency. He made it a priority this offseason to find his way back to the way he played in 2019.
“I was really trying to craft myself, really trying to just find myself again,” Allen said. “Find that mentality. Find my mindset of how I want to approach the game again, because I feel like I lost that ...
“I feel like I’m at a good spot right now. Coming back into the building, that energy, I felt like I needed to do more, and that’s the energy I expected to have back in here.”
Allen trained at EXOS in Phoenix for several weeks. He also worked out with former NFL defensive end Bertrand Berry at Train’s Station in Phoenix. Allen capped off the first part of the offseason by attending Von Miller’s annual pass-rush summit in Nevada last Saturday.
Allen said his training focused a lot on movement and durability, not necessarily on pass-rushing moves and counters. But as much as the physical work was beneficial, Allen said he was also trying to recapture the feeling he had when he was playing well as a rookie. Allen said he can see a difference from the past two seasons.