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Jonathan Allen on Washington Football Team: ‘A lot to be excited for'

6/22/2021 8:30:02 PM
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The Washington Football Team features a defensive line made up of four first-round selections. The first came during the 2017 NFL Draft when Washington selected Alabama defensive tackle, Jonathan Allen, with the 17th pick.

Entering his fifth year with the team, Allen is feeling the excitement surrounding the team, Greg Patuto of reports.

"We have a good opportunity in front of us," Allen said on 'Washington Football Today with Julie Donaldson. "We play some exciting opponents this year. There's a lot to be excited for as a Washington Football fan and player."

The WFT finished 7-9 a season ago, which was good enough to win the NFC East. They hosted a playoff game and were knocked out by the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The first year of Ron Rivera was a success which makes fans think that year two could be even better.

Beginning with Allen in 2017, the WFT drafted a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft four years in a row. Daron Payne was added in 2018 followed by Montez Sweat in 2019. The defensive line was solidified when Washington landed the second-overall pick in 2020 and this allowed them to draft Chase Young, who would go onto win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Washington's defense broke out last season. It finished second in total yards allowed (304.6), second in passing yards allowed (191.8), fourth in points allowed per game (20.6), and sixth in sacks (47).

The WFT put up strong numbers in the defensive side of the ball in hindsight but they did not put together a consistent season. 

"First year in the new scheme, there's definitely going to be some communication issues," Allen said. "Everyone's definitely not going to be on the same page. … It took almost halfway through the season before we really started to find our stride. So hopefully we can come out and we can find that faster this offseason and this year and do some great things."

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