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Kalil holds his own against Allen

Rookie left tackle Matt Kalil went up against Jared Allen with full pads for the first time on Monday, and he "held his own," according to head coach Leslie Frazier. Frazier said "there were a couple times Jared got around him, but that's to be expected."
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