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Antonio Allen | Defensive Back

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
College: South Carolina
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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

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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

Jets promoted S Antonio Allen from the practice squad.

A hard-hitting run stuffer, Allen was a seventh-round pick, but didn't survive final cuts. With the Jets struggling mightily against the run, it's possible Allen will see some snaps on defense, but he should be mostly limited to special teams.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 04:46:00 PM

Jets waived S Antonio Allen and TE Dedrick Epps.

Allen was one of the top safeties in college football last season, but has a history of concussions and questionable range. A hard-hitting and stout in-the-box safety, however, there should be a place for him on the Jets' practice squad.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 03:33:00 PM

Jets agreed to terms with seventh-round S Antonio Allen on a four-year contract.

The deal contains a signing bonus of "nearly" $46,000. Allen fell to round seven due to medical concerns and a lack of ideal range, but he was one of the best safeties in college football. He'll play special teams as a rookie.
Thu, May 17, 2012 12:20:00 PM

Jets selected South Carolina S Antonio Allen with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

A hard-hitting, in-the-box safety, Allen was expected to go much earlier, but was hurt by his 4.62 Combine 40 and history of concussions. He has tremendous upside, however, and thanks in part to his incredible length (32 1/2" arms) is viewed as a "hybrid safety" capable of neutralizing the Rob Gronkowskis of the world. He has a strong chance of cracking the Week 1 roster of a team that's been looking to overhaul its safety corps.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 06:59:00 PM