Before Vikings rookie left tackle Matt Kalil can line up against defensive end Jared Allen in training camp, Allen wants to make sure Kalil knows his place.
In an interview on NBC SportsTalk, Allen said that his instructions for Kalil will be simple: No holding, no illegal hands to the face, defer to the veteran and there won’t be any practice-field fights.
“Just don’t touch me,” Allen said. “I’m too old to deal with overzealous rookies right now. Keep your hands out of my face, don’t grab my jersey and we won’t have to fist fight. That’s pretty much what it is.”
As the best player on a bad team, Allen said he knows no one is predicting big things for the Vikings this year, but he doesn’t mind.
“I don’t know what our expectations are, and that can actually be a good thing,” Allen said. “Coming off a 3-13 season, no one expects us to do anything, so we can fly under the radar, focus on being a solid team and putting win after win together.”
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