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Czerwiec 22nd, 2013

The Redskins’ defense needs him to show it in Year 2

Jonathan Allen „is starting to come out of his shell a little bit,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said. He isn’t the quiet rookie with a tank body anymore. This NFL canada goose store thing is familiar to him, and despite a foot injury that limited him to five games last season, he knows he belongs canada goose uk outlet here. There’s no need to be meek.

„Confidence,” Allen said. „That’s all this game is a bunch of confidence.”

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Ask him about the way his team should think, and listen to him say: „It’s cool to wish for the playoffs, but we’re going for the Super Bowl. If that’s not what you’re going for, then why are you here?”

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It’s most important that he emerges on the field, and early indications are that he’s just as assertive in his play. When Allen was available last season, he made a considerable impact on the team’s toughness and ability to stop the run. He was starting to get into the backfield and cause some damage, too. But then he was sidelined with a Lisfranc sprain, and his promising rookie season resulted in an incomplete grade.

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Right now, the Bama Boys look good. But Payne suffered a setback uk canada goose on Friday after a teammate stepped on his ankle during practice. He was Canada Goose Coats On Sale in a walking boot on Saturday, and Gruden said he could miss 2 3 weeks. Still, he should return in plenty of time for the regular season, and the injury hasn’t diminished any enthusiasm about the investments the team has made to improve the defensive line.

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Allen still finds it strange that he’s such an injury concern. Before the NFL’s pre draft process last year, he was considered a durable, can’t miss, top Canada Goose Jackets five prospect. He hadn’t missed any game or practice time with injuries in college. But tests before the draft revealed that his shoulders are a long term concern, and Allen buy canada goose jacket cheap dropped to No. 17 in the Canada Goose Outlet draft. Washington was happy to assume the so called risk. Allen was starting to reward the team’s trust, and then came the Lisfranc injury.

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