BALTIMORE – Washington Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen got rave reviews following Thursday’s 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
Allen, the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, recorded his first NFL sack midway through the second quarter against Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallet.
“I thought he did good,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. “I saw him back there a couple times.”
During a stellar career at the University of Alabama, the former Stone Bridge High School standout registered 28 sacks in four years including 10.5 sacks as a senior last season. Allen also amassed 69 tackles including 16 tackles for a loss in 15 games played last season.
“He’s a beast, monster,” said Redskins linebacker Nico Marley. “You know J.A. is a monster out there, a monster.”
The preseason outing gave Washington a chance to play against an opposing team for the first time this year.
The Ravens wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, former Towson standout running back Terrance West hurdled into the end zone from two yards out with 3:28 remaining in the first quarter to culminate an eight-play, 57-yard drive.
West, a Baltimore native, finished with 23 yards rushing on five carries including an 18-yard run to set up the touchdown.
“It felt really good,” West said about the touchdown. “There was great blocking up front, and I just had to make one person miss. I just took what the defense gave me.”
In the waning moments of the third quarter, Ravens quarterback Josh Woodrum connected with wide receiver Tim White on a 33-yard touchdown pass to extend the Baltimore lead, 20-3.
The Redskins got a 49-yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins with 10:57 remaining in the third quarter to account for their only score of the game.
Meanwhile, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker booted field goals from 37, 59 and 21 yards out to help lead Baltimore to victory in the preseason opener.
“It was great to get my feet wet,” said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. “You’re not playing football until you get hit full speed in front of your fans. It was good to go out there and get our first punches off.”