Jaguars’ Josh Allen says he ‘lost that dog’ a bit after rookie year

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Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher Josh Allen is trying to recreate the production and success he found in 2019 when he finished his rookie season with 10.5 sacks and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Step one is getting his mind right.

“I’m trying to craft myself, find myself again, find that mentality, that mindset for how I want to approach the game,” Allen told the Florida Times-Union. “I feel like I lost that in bits and pieces. I still had that dog but it wasn’t at a consistent level.”

Allen, 25, finished his second NFL season with just 2.5 sacks in eight games, and ended the year on injured reserve with a knee injury. Last season he bounced back with 7.5 sacks, but it included a stretch of seven straight games without bringing a quarterback down.

In the offseason, the Jaguars provided Allen with some help in the form of No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker and free agent acquisition Folorunso Fatukasi from the New York Jets.

In April, the Jaguars exercised the $11.5 million fifth-year option on Allen’s contract, keeping him with the team through at least the 2023 season.

Story originally appeared on Jaguars Wire