OTAs 2022: Allen “in a good spot right now…”

JACKSONVILLE – The sun is shining, and Josh Allen is smiling.

This was Monday, Day 1 of Jaguars 2022 Organized Team Activities – and Allen, the Jaguars’ fourth-year defensive end/linebacker, had reason to smile. He’s back in Jacksonville and focused on next season.

And to Allen, that’s a very good thing.

“I feel like I’m in a good spot right now,” he said, adding: “I’m all about growth this year. I’m all about us all getting better.”

Allen toward that end spent the early part of the 2022 offseason in Phoenix, Ariz., working with former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Bertrand Berry – and at Exos Athletic Training – on movement, technique and recovery. He returned to Jacksonville last week and is participating in OTAs, with Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson on Monday calling him a “pro, through and through.”

“He spent time away and came back just here recently and came back in the right frame of mind,” Pederson said. “He’s obviously a tremendous leader on the defense and the team and a guy that wants to learn and just study our defense and just get better and that’s what we need.”

Allen, the No. 7 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, said his offseason work has been about a total physical and mental makeover.

“I was just working,” he said. “I was really trying to craft myself and really trying to just find myself again – find that…

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