Walking off the practice field on Wednesday in what turned out to be the team’s final on-field workout of training camp, Vikings DE Jared Allen was as giddy to leave as the hundreds of young fans were to get his autograph a few minutes earlier.
“Absolutely,” Allen said when asked if he was excited training camp was almost over. “I can’t wait to go home and sleep in my own bed.”
But the conclusion of another training camp wasn’t the only thing exciting Allen on Wednesday. He’s coming off a year in which he registered 14.5 sacks and was an integral part of a top-ranked defense, but the All-Pro DE says the Vikings defense has improved from their impressive performance last year.
“I think we’re head and shoulders above where we were, and we were good last year,” Allen said convincingly. “This camp was better than last year. I think our team right now, to be honest, we’re ready to rock and roll.”
Allen pointed to his familiarity with the defense in Year 2 of his time with the Vikings as well as the return of another key player as reasons to think this defense has improved.
“The difference is, from my point of view, is I’m not learning the new defense, I’m not learning new players,” Allen explained. “So we’re all out there on the same page, we’re having a blast, we’ve got E.J. (Henderson) back. You know, our crispness, our precision, the speed of our defense has improved and I’m excited for that.”
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