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Antonio Allen | Defensive Back

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
College: South Carolina
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Jets CB Antonio Allen was benched at halftime of the Week 9 loss at Kansas City.
Allen was getting whipped all over the field by Travis Kelce in the first half, giving up a 12-yard touchdown and a 34-yard completion. He was replaced by Josh Thomas. "I wanted to stop somebody," Ryan said when asked to explain why he benched Allen. This atrocious secondary is in more hot water than ever as a white-hot Ben Roethlisberger comes to town in Week 10. Nov 3 - 8:49 AM

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The Jets will keep converted safety Antonio Allen at cornerback for the rest of the season.

"I don't see how we can go back," DC Dennis Thurman said Thursday. Pro Football Focus has charted Allen as the most heavily targeted cornerback in football through three games, giving him up-and-down grades week to week. He's consequently been an IDP stud, racking up 17 tackles (16 solo) with five pass breakups. Although Allen has given up a solid number of completions, PFF has him allowing a respectable 80.7 passer rating into his coverage.
Sep 25 - 4:37 PM

Jets DB Antonio Allen will start at cornerback in Week 1.

It means Dee Milliner (high-ankle sprain) will be sitting. Allen has been an NFL cornerback all of three weeks, but is the Jets' best option opposite fourth-year UDFA Darrin Walls. Ineffective former first-rounder Kyle Wilson will remain in the slot. In theory, the Jets would be a good team to spot start against, but the Raiders will be trotting out second-rounder Derek Carr, whose starting experience is limited to one preseason game. The Jets desperately need Milliner back for Week 2, when they take on Aaron Rodgers.
Sep 2 - 4:04 PM

Jets DB Antonio Allen (concussion) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Allen has resumed practicing after suffering a concussion in New York's third preseason game. A converted safety, Allen may start at cornerback against the Raiders with Dee Milliner still nursing a high ankle sprain.
Sep 1 - 5:26 PM

Jets CB/S Antonio Allen (concussion) will sit out Thursday's preseason finale.

Even with the Jets scrambling for bodies, this will likely end the experimentation with Allen at cornerback.
Aug 25 - 3:36 PM

Jets CB/S Antonio Allen was forced from Friday's preseason game against the Giants with a head injury.

Allen took a hit from a fellow Jet, and appeared dazed before heading to the locker room. He's likely concussed. Filling in at corner for the Jets' patchwork secondary, Allen was looking good before going down, at one point almost making a one-handed pick of Eli Manning. He was covering Rueben Randle deep.
Aug 22 - 8:57 PM

Jets S Antonio Allen is expected to start at cornerback in Saturday's preseason game against the Bengals.

The Jets shifted Allen to corner on Monday, and plan to keep him there through at least the end of the week as they look to remedy their depth issues. "Well, if (Allen) can cover (A.J. Green), then he can cover them all," coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday. A linebacker/safety hybrid in college, Allen has essentially zero experience at corner, but the Jets like his man-to-man ability. Even if Allen shows better than expected, it would likely be a disaster were he forced in to major time at corner during the regular season.
Aug 12 - 10:28 PM

The Jets moved S Antonio Allen to cornerback in Monday's practice.

All three of CBs Dee Milliner, Dimitri Patterson, and Dexter McDougle are injured, so somebody had to play corner. Allen, a former college outside linebacker, picked off two passes in the practice, and coach Rex Ryan labeled him a "baller" afterward. Ryan hinted the switch could become permanent.
Aug 12 - 9:11 AM

Jets S Antonio Allen is getting most of the first-team reps at strong safety during OTAs.

Allen is competing with Dawan Landry for the starting spot opposite rookie Calvin Pryor. With all three options solid against the run, the Jets are searching for someone to shore up a pass defense that was one of the worst in the league last season. Allen needs work in that area, and his development in coverage during camp will go a long way to determine if he can hold off Landry.
Jun 14 - 11:13 AM

Coach Rex Ryan talked up S Antonio Allen following the draft, saying he "really looks forward to seeing what [Allen] does."

The Jets selected Louisville S Calvin Pryor with the 18th pick on Thursday night, but Pryor is expected to replace Dawan Landry in the starting lineup as an in-the-box, run-stopping safety. Allen, a college linebacker, started eight games last season but still needs to improve in coverage. He's solid against the run.
May 12 - 7:48 PM

ESPN New York expects Jets S Antonio Allen to enter 2014 as a starter, "barring a significant acquisition."

Allen appeared in all 16 games as a second-year pro, making nine starts -- eight at strong safety and one at free safety. He was part of the problem when it came to defending the pass on the back end for the Jets, but Pro Football Focus gave him solid marks as a run defender. Allen player some linebacker in college at South Carolina, so his coverage skills are going to need polishing.
Feb 4 - 8:30 AM

Jets FS Antonio Allen sustained a concussion in Sunday's Week 9 game against the Saints.

Allen gave Darren Sproles a concussion with a big hit in the first quarter and then suffered one of his own in the fourth quarter.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Antonio Allen has won the Jets starting free safety job.

Allen beat out Eagles draft bust Jaiquawn Jarrett. He'll start next to Dawan Landry. Allen, a 2012 seventh-rounder, started just one game as a rookie. The Bucs will be looking to get Vincent Jackson over the top of Antonio Cromartie Sunday.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan said Antonio Allen is in the lead for the Jets' starting free safety job.

"I love Allen’s length and he’s been impressive at times," Ryan said. "He’s not there yet, but some of the things he’s done, he made a couple real nice plays the other day." Jaiquawn Jarrett is competing with Allen for the job, while Josh Bush is working as SS Dawan Landry's backup. Allen, entering his second season, started one game as a rookie after being promoted from the practice squad.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 07:45:00 PM

Jets promoted S Antonio Allen from the practice squad.

Allen is a prototypical in-the-box safety, but his contributions should be limited to special teams if he's active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 05:02:00 PM

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