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Jaguars Defensive End Josh Allen: Thursday, October 22, 2020

(On his plans to play on Sunday) "I'm working as hard as I can to get back on the field as soon as possible. Like I said before, it's a day-by-day process, and I'm just doing everything I can to get back on there."

(On not playing in the past two games) "It's been stressful for me just not being able to help my team out and in a couple situations. Especially not traveling to Houston, that was a big one for me. [It was the] first game I've ever missed in my career and just watching it on TV, not being out there to support them, not being out there to cheer them on was kind of really hard for me at first. I had all [the] faith in my boys, and we didn't pull it out but hopefully we do a good job this week."

(On if it's frustrating to see former Jaguars Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell reuniting in Baltimore on the Ravens) "I mean no, it's good for them. They're back together and I'm happy for both of them because they know how each other rush. So, it is what it is. It's the NFL and they're in it. Baltimore's trying to do something. They're trying to compete for a Super Bowl, and they thought that having him is going to be beneficial for him and hopefully it is, but I'm glad that they're both happy and continue to have success."

(On the advice he's been giving to DE/LB K'Lavon Chaisson) "Just don't think, just react, just play free, play like you're playing backyard football and just react. When you overthink and you overanalyze in the game, it tends to slow your game down and you just have to see ball, get ball, see your man and see what he's doing and just react off of that and just go. That's something that we've been harping on and he's getting it. He's still a rookie, but he's getting it down and hopefully he'll have a tremendous game and I think he is."

(On getting experience last year as a rookie) "It was big just to get my confidence up. Last year I was fortunate to have Yan[nick Ngakoue] and Calais [Campbell] rushing with me so I took my job a little bit lax right there, so that made it easy for me. Bu, just training early definitely was a confidence booster for me, just to know that I can play within the scheme and play against other high-caliber players and be successful. So just playing early is definitely good and that's something that he has to learn. It's something that he has to just really accept and just play as hard as he can."

(On the day he missed the first game in his entire football career) "[It] definitely sucked to be honest, but I was fortunate to have my family with me and have my two little boys and my wife came and dressed them up as what they wear on game day, so I got to cheer and support and scream as hard as I can for them. While watching the game with me, Kaitlyn's cooking some food and my youngest is just looking at us like we just lost our heads. But I definitely enjoyed my time spending with my family because there's not a lot of Sundays that I get to do that with them, so that was a blessing. I try not to make a negative and try to find a positive within anything and that was a big positive. But on a standpoint of just me being a competitor and being a football player, it kind of got me down a little bit. But, like I said, I got to spend good time with my family."

(On if his sister Myisha Hines-Allen brags about winning a championship ring before him) "No, she hasn't. She hasn't yet, but like I said, she got her one, but I have to go get me one. Like I said, I'm a competitor in anything that I do. She's up one right one, so I have to get her, and I have to up one plus one, so I'm working on that. She's a world champion and can't take that from her and I can't stop until I get me one. But I love her and she's in France right now doing her thing and I wish nothing but the best for her."

(On if he's seen his sister's WBNA Championship ring) "No, I haven't seen it, I haven't seen it yet. I don't think I've seen it. I have not seen it yet, so I'm definitely going to text her and have her send me a picture."

(On if the team has lost confidence after losing five games in a row) "Those games are over with. That's the mindset that we have to really play with, and we can't keep reflecting on those losses that we had. Like I said, the record dictates the record. We play for each other, we play as one, and we play for each other. We just have to forget that. Our record's 0-0 and we're trying to get 1-0 this week so that's our mindset. That's what we try to harp on. That's what I try to tell guys and we have to motivate and that's how we have to play because I feel like the first game we played, we played lights out and we have to continue to do that. We have to have our mindsets set that we're playing a really good team and we're 0-0 and we have to get this one. That's how our mindset has to be, and we can't do anything more or less than that."

(On what he's seen from Chargers QB Justin Herbert) "He definitely makes a lot of good plays. He's a competitor. He's a guy that came off the bench and didn't struggle for real. He made a lot of good plays. He has a lot of great receivers; he can just throw the ball up to them and they can just make a lot of plays. He's a good quarterback. He can scramble. He can run the ball in his read option to get his team a lot of yards, so we definitely have to be honed in on that. But he's a good quarterback and we have to make him play like a rookie, make him play with a lot of mistakes. Upfront, [we] just have to be dominant and get a lot of pressure in his face so he can throw the balls up and we can get them."

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