Travon Walker gets some on-court help from Josh Allen


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It didn’t take long for Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen to take OLB rookie Travon Walker under his wing. Just as he once did with a young player similar to K’Lavon Chaisson in recent years, Allen has worked on his relationship with Walker, giving him plenty of advice along the way as the team continues throughout. throughout the first week of training camp and beyond. .

Allen, drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by Jacksonville, has been one of the team’s key defensive leaders for the past two seasons since Calais Campbell’s surprising trade to the Ravens. from Baltimore. Since then, Allen has asserted himself and pushed his teammates along the way.

For Walker, the No. 1 overall selection in this latest draft, having a close relationship with a player in the same vein can only help him move forward to become one of the best passers in the game. team and possibly the league.

“I have to say I’m very grateful to have Josh. Josh is one of those guys, he’s still young, he can relate to me, he’s been in my shoes. He just taught me everything what he knows, and that’s a lot of knowledge that I need to get into the league,” Walker told the media after practice Wednesday.

Fittingly, Allen would make a surprise appearance at Walker’s press conference, giving everyone, including Walker, a big smile as he continued to congratulate the fourth-year veteran.

“Its very important [to work with Allen]. He’s a great player. I mean look at it,” Walker said with a laugh. “I say it’s a unicorn. He’s a different type of player – long, nimble, fast – and I feel like I’m a player of the same type. I definitely would [say the same thing if he wasn’t standing here].”

Both players look alike when up close and personal on the training ground. Allen is listed at 6-foot-5 and 262 pounds, while Walker is listed at 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds. The weight difference is noticeable, but not much.

They are often seen imitating each other during their one-on-one drills with outside linebackers coach Bill Shuey before the team broke up into a more team setting. In the end, it’s about the work that both put in, and it’s what will drive them to be even better.

On Tuesday, Allen was asked about Walker and the bond the two share. Allen simply said he tries to lead by example, doing what he can to help the players.

“I want to be the best player in the National Football League this year, and I’m preparing like this, and I’m going to continue to prepare like this. If he wants to be the best player, the best rookie in his draft class , which I think he is – or Devin, or Chad or Luke – come follow me,” Allen said.

“We can all improve, we can all work, we can all learn, we can all grow from each other, and that’s why I’m really excited about him and this whole draft class.”

It’s an obvious couple, Allen and Walker, and as the team continues its camp and eventually the regular season, the pair hope to do what it takes to become the best in the league. Certainly, the team’s coaching staff believe it is possible.


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