Jonathan Allen ready to suit up on offense?

Brian Tinsman
July 29, 2018 - 11:10 pm
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If Jonathan Allen didn't dazzle you on defense in his rookie season, don't worry--he appeared in just five games for the Washington Redskins last year.

But his presence on defense was much bigger than the 10 tackles he recorded, given the impressive defensive metrics that the team had with him in the lineup vs. when he went on injured reserve.

Now paired with his former roommate at Alabama, Da'Ron Payne, the Redskins are picturing a stout run-stuffing defense.

But could they also consider Allen as part of a stellar rushing offense? He hopes that Jay Gruden and Co. do just that.

"Let me play a little fullback," Allen told WTKR-3. "I’ll block for 14 or 15 games. But then, in the playoffs: throw me a little boot action (bootleg play)."

It isn't uncommon to see big boys get the handoff sometimes on offsense, but catching passes is an added layer of difficulty. Big men don't frequently have the ball skills to compete with defensive backs on a short field. Unless teams are willing to leave Allen totally uncovered, this seems unlikely to work.

The article by Adam Winkler describes Allen catching one-handed passes during warmup, which reveals another skill that the big man might have on defense: creating turnovers with his mitts.

Either way, if Allen really can catch a pass with silky smooth consistency, then maybe the Redskins can finally run that fade pass in the end zone that Gruden so loves.

 

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