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Redskins Training Camp 2017: Jonathan Allen Presser

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Jonathan Allen talks about his first Redskins training camp

NFL: Washington Redskins-Training Camp Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Allen presser:


"I definitely feel the support of fans. I really don't focus on the fact that I'm from here, because this is a new environment for me, new playbook, new team. So even though I'm home, this is still a new experience for me and I'm excited. I'm loving it, just being a part of the Washington Redskins. Every day I just wake up with the mentality to just try to get better and help this team win games."

Getting the pads on:

Run defense*:

"Right now I'm just focusing on doing what the coaches are asking me to do. If that's rushing the passer, so be it. Playing the run is definitely the biggest emphasis that I feel like because you can't rush the passer without stopping the run. We're just taking it day by day. I'm not worried about the expectations of others because I feel like no one can put more expectations on me than myself. So, I mean, we're just grinding as a unit right now."

DL coach Jim Tomsula:

Learning from Trent Williams and the O-Line:


"The first time in pads at the NFL level is something I've been waiting for my whole life. So I'm just excited for the opportunity and just ready to play."

"I love contact. As a defensive [lineman], everything is always hand-to-hand combat. Just the physicality of the game is what I look forward to the most."

D-Line bonding:

"When I first came in here, I definitely looked at some of the veterans and [saw] how they worked. But as a defensive line, they all took me under their wing. They all told me their experiences and what they went through. I've just all kind of been piecing it together to help get me along through my process."

"Yeah, we've had a bunch of get-togethers. Definitely have cookouts over at people's houses. Sometimes we go to TopGolf. It kind of just depends. But we definitely feel that we're a close group and try to do things together."