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Nate Allen | Defensive Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/30/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
College: South Florida
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Nate Allen has earned the start at strong safety in all three of the Eagles' preseason games.
Coach Chip Kelly would not commit to Allen, but said he has had an "outstanding camp." It would be surprising if Allen does not open the season as the starter opposite Malcolm Jenkins. Earl Wolff should serve as the third safety. Aug 23 - 11:00 AM

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Nate Allen is running with the Eagles' first-team defense at strong safety next to FS Malcolm Jenkins.

Allen and second-year S Earl Wolff will compete for the job. The Eagles would likely prefer Wolff take the next step in his development and win the job, but both players struggled in coverage and against the run last season. Allen was re-signed to a one-year, $2 million deal back in March.
May 29 - 11:25 AM

Eagles re-signed S Nate Allen to a one-year, $2 million contract.

There's another $1 million available in playing-time incentives. Allen, the No. 37 overall pick in 2010, was a horrific bust through his first three seasons. But he showed enough improvement last season that the Eagles are going to give him another chance. He'll likely compete with Earl Wolff to be Philly's starting strong safety opposite new FS Malcolm Jenkins.
Mar 17 - 10:02 AM

Impending free agent S Nate Allen thinks there's a good chance he'll re-sign with the Eagles.

Beat writer Les Bowen notes that Allen might have improved more any defender on the Eagles roster during the 2013 season. That's because he set such a low bar through his first three NFL seasons and the beginning of this season. Allen graded out 49th among 86 qualifying safeties in Pro Football Focus' ranks in 2013. Improving the secondary should be a major priority for GM Howie Roseman.
Jan 8 - 9:00 AM

The Eagles confirmed that Nate Allen will continue to start at strong safety.

If Earl Wolff was ready, the Eagles would undoubtedly make the switch. Allen has been among the worst safeties in the league through his four NFL seasons. However, Wolff -- a fifth-round rookie -- just isn't "ready to go the whole way," according to coach Chip Kelly. Luckily for the Eagles, Captain Checkdown Alex Smith won't test Allen over the top Thursday night.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 11:46:00 AM

Nate Allen and Patrick Chung will be the Eagles starting safeties in Monday night's opener against the Redskins.

Allen rotated with rookie Earl Wolff throughout the preseason and will continue to do so into the regular season. It's a gaping hole in an Eagles defense that is going to struggle badly this year. Their trio of safeties is arguably the worst in the entire NFL. In the 2010 draft, the Eagles used the No. 13 pick on DE Brandon Graham, passing on No. 14 pick S Earl Thomas and No. 15 pick Jason Pierre-Paul.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:46:00 AM

Nate Allen and Pat Chung opened OTAs as the Eagles' starting safeties.

Allen is getting the first crack at free safety, but Kenny Phillips will also get plenty of first-team reps and should probably come away with the job by Week 1. Allen is entering the final year of his contract, and the former second-round pick is running out of chances to prove himself.
Mon, May 13, 2013 08:19:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer confirms the "clock is ticking" on fourth-year S Nate Allen's time with the Eagles.

Allen's 2013 roster spot should be safe because he costs just $642,000, but this could be his final year in Philly after the signings of Kenny Phillips and Pat Chung. Allen was an NFL Defensive ROY candidate in 2010 before rupturing his patellar tendon that December. He hasn't been half the player ever since.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 06:46:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer expects Nate Allen to stay in the mix for the starting free safety job.

Newly signed Kenny Phillips is far from guaranteed the gig. He's had chronic knee issues and is working on a team-friendly one-year contract. Although Allen has been a disappointment since going 37th overall in the 2010 draft, he could benefit greatly from the Eagles' scheme change.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 08:16:00 AM

The Eagles are expected to address the safety position this offseason.

The Philly Mag: Birds 24/7 Blog says to "not be surprised" if the Eagles add help through free agency and the draft. Safeties Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman are entering the final years of their rookie deals, while Colt Anderson is a restricted free agent. So, by the time Week 1 rolls around, Philadelphia could look awfully different on the back end.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Eagles FS Nate Allen has lost his starting job.

The Eagles will start hard-charging yet untalented Kurt Coleman at free safety and special teams ace Colt Anderson at strong safety. It's a striking indictment of Allen, the Eagles' second-round pick in 2010. Upgrading the safety position will be a top priority for GM Howie Roseman this offseason.
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 12:41:00 PM

Eagles FS Nate Allen (hamstring) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Saints.

Allen didn't practice on Friday or Saturday and was a true game-time decision. Trainers kept a close eye on him during pregame warm-ups but ended up not giving Allen the green light. David Sims will start at free safety. The Eagles also declared DE Darryl Tapp, DE Vinny Curry, WR Mardy Gilyard, RG Danny Watkins, OL Nate Menkin, and QB Trent Edwards inactive. Tapp's wife is having a baby, so DT Mike Patterson will take his place along the defensive line. Dennis Kelly will start at right guard in place of Watkins.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 07:21:00 PM

Eagles FS Nate Allen (hamstring) missed practice again on Saturday and is officially listed as questionable for Monday night versus the Saints.

Allen is going to travel with the team and get treatment up until game time. If he can't suit up, David Sims is expected to get the start. Sims has never played a defensive snap in the NFL, so Jimmy Graham could have a monster night over the deep middle.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 02:20:00 PM

Eagles FS Nate Allen (hamstring) did not participate in Friday's practice.

This is an extremely concerning development for an Eagles team that lacks depth at the safety position. Allen first injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' Week 6 loss to the Lions. Colt Anderson came in to replace him, and struggled in that role. If Allen cannot play, it's expected the Eagles call on David Sims and not Anderson to start on Monday night in New Orleans.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 09:27:00 AM

Coach Andy Reid confirmed FS Nate Allen (hamstring) will be fine following the Eagles' Week 7 bye.

Allen merely picked up a minor strain in Sunday's overtime loss to the Lions. The third-year man has 32 tackles and two pass breakups through six games.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 12:15:00 PM

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