JACKSONVILLE – He wants more and expects more.
Josh Allen is usually candid when discussing his performance, and the Jaguars’ veteran outside linebacker this week discussed his 2022 season so far in typical fashion. The way he sees it, he’s played well this season at times.
He just doesn’t believe he’s done it often enough.
“I absolutely didn’t play up to the standard that I know I can play,” Allen said as the Jaguars (2-6) prepared to play the Las Vegas Raiders (2-5) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.
“Consistently bad? I don’t feel like I’ve been consistently bad. I just haven’t consistently made those plays that I know I can make — and should make.”
Allen, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, leads the Jaguars with three sacks and 12 pressures this season and is second on the team with five tackles for loss. Head coach Doug Pederson this week called the fourth-year veteran “a good player and a good leader.”
“Josh is really valuable to this football team,” Pederson said. “He knows there are times he needs to play better and that can be the case for some guys. That’s all part of the longevity of a season. It’s the grind of a season and being at your peak every Sunday. Coaches and players. … you can’t take plays off, you can’t take days off, you can’t rest. You just have to keep pushing.
“He knows that and understands that. We expect big things from him.”
Allen said he expects the same — and that while he’s made big plays at various times this season, he expects more from himself in terms of “being consistent and making the plays that need to be made.”
Allen was asked if that stemmed from being the focus of opposing game plans.
“That has nothing to do with it – what anyone else is doing,” he said. “It’s something with me, getting my mind right and getting my mind right and knowing I better whip this guy. It’s really getting back to that.
“I’m not discrediting any tackle that I’ve played against this year. Everybody’s done a great job or whatever. But from that standpoint, it’s really up to me and what I can bring to the game — and what I know I can bring to the game. game.”