Allen, Payne share the field for the first time as pros

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 17, 2018 - 6:57 am

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The Redskins' 15-13 preseason victory over the Jets Thursday may not have that much significance in the grand scheme of things, but it did offer Washington fans a glimpse at what could be the future cornerstones of their defensive line, Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, working in tandem for the first time as pros. 

Allen and Payne, the Redskins' last two first-round draft picks, were teammates at Alabama in 2015 and 2016, but neither participated in Washington's first preseason game against New England.

Allen hadn't played since Week 6 of last season due to a Lisfranc injury, while Payne missed a significant portion of training camp with an ankle injury.

However, both got their chance against the Jets Thursday, and all signs point to them forming a formidable partnership with the Redskins as they did with the Crimson Tide.

Allen recorded three total tackles on the night, while Payne fueled the hype surrounding him with a sack of Sam Darnold, Allen drawing two linemen on the play to open up space for Payne to exploit. 

It is just the second preseason game, so it's early to jump to too many conclusions. But if both Allen and Payne can stay healthy and realize their potential, the Redskins could have one of the league's scariest pass rushing duos for years to come. 

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