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Ricardo Allen | Defensive Back | #37

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/18/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 186
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 5 (147) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Falcons FS Ricardo Allen is in the concussion protocol.
Allen is week to week. He's 50-50 to get cleared for Sunday's game against the Bills. Fifth-round rookie Damontae Kazee appears to be the Falcons' No. 3 safety. Mon, Sep 25, 2017 02:35:00 PM

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Falcons DC Marquand Manuel said FS Ricardo Allen "is playing out of his mind" in OTA practices.

"I think you're going to see some big things this year," Manuel added. Allen started every game at free safety last season, recording four interceptions including two in the postseason. The Falcons plan to give fifth-round CB Damontae Kazee a look at free safety, but it sounds like Allen has little to worry about.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 12:10:00 PM

Falcons tendered exclusive rights free agent FS Ricardo Allen.

Allen was an every-down player for the NFC champs at free safety last season, picking off two passes and grading out positively in Pro Football Focus' ratings. He saved his best play for the postseason. Now 25, Allen will be a restricted free agent next offseason.
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 01:38:00 PM

Falcons re-signed S Ricardo Allen.

Allen was an exclusive rights free agent. The 2014 fifth-rounder started 14 games last season after spending the majority of his rookie year on the practice squad. He was a league average starter at free safety. Allen just turned 24 in December.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Falcons FS Ricardo Allen is week to week with an MCL sprain.

Allen practiced on a limited basis, but has been ruled out for Sunday. He's expected to miss 1-2 weeks. UDFA Robenson Therezie will start in Allen's place.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 08:49:00 PM

Ricardo Allen is expected to open the season as the Falcons' starting free safety.

Drafted in the fifth round last year, Allen crashed and burned as a cornerback, failing to make the Falcons' 53-man roster out of camp. An offseason switch to free safety has revitalized his career, and he is now in a position to open the season as a starter. A ballhawk with 13 career INTs at Purdue, Allen may slot in well as a playmaking free safety, though his lack of speed (4.61) is a concern.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 09:50:00 AM

The Falcons have moved Ricardo Allen to free safety.

Allen, a ballhawking corner at Purdue, was the Falcons' fifth-round pick in 2014. He didn't make the 53 out of camp last year, but was promoted off the practice squad in December. Allen has a chance to beat out Kemal Ishmael for the starting gig.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 08:34:00 AM

Falcons promoted CB Ricardo Allen from the practice squad.

He'll take the spot of Robert Alford, who was placed on I.R. A fifth-round pick, Allen should see time in sub packages.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:32:00 AM

Falcons waived CB Ricardo Allen and LB Jacques Smith.

They'll be familiar to viewers of this year's "Hard Knocks." Allen was a star at Purdue, but lacks NFL size at 5-foot-9, 186 pounds. When you throw in his 4.61 wheels, it's surprising he was a fifth-round pick. Thomas Dimitroff is having a rough few years as Atlanta's general manager.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:49:00 PM

Falcons signed fifth-round CB Ricardo Allen to a four-year contract.

Allen was a really good Big Ten corner who lacks ideal size and speed for the NFL. His best shot at contributing will be on special teams and in the slot.
Sun, May 18, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Falcons selected Purdue CB Ricardo Allen with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Allen (5-foot-9 1/8, 187) got by on technique and playmaking ability in the Big Ten, but was often pushed around by stronger receivers and is speed deficient with a 4.61 forty time. Still, Allen was a ballhawk (13 career INTs, school-record four pick-sixes) and has a feisty, aggressive playing style that could eventually earn him slot corner duties. He's simply too small and slow to line up outside. Expect Allen to push incumbent slot CB Robert McClain for playing time.
Sat, May 10, 2014 02:23:00 PM

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