Speedy Eagles receiver Devon Allen hasn't played football since 2016, but he's already starting to get his confidence back in training camp. By Reuben Frank
I do get the feeling the Eagles saw this as a project to the point of having an understanding with Allen that he will get some time, his situation a little different than the norm.
Devon Allen finally shows up. "...Devon Allen, the Olympic hurdler, look at him, celebrates..."
I still say he's not making the roster. He's playing against 3rd stringers.
If Jalen Reagor gets traded or cut, then Allen has a shot of making the roster. That's the only way.
Only thing is he didn’t get on the field until the second half in a game where the starters didn’t suit up.
He’s mostly playing with and against guys that won’t be on a team week one.
But that was the highlight of the game and that certainly helps.
I watched Jalen Reagor being tightly covered in those short routes they throw to him.
Allen may have a shot.
How about Steve Prefontaine as qb of the Eagles?
Coach Sirianni on Allen's TD catch, fast forward to 20:10 mark.
Track guys almost never make it in the NFL, even ones who played some college FB. Being elite at one thing in athletics does not equal another. The skill set required to be an elite NFL receiver is its own thing. The best receiver in NFL history (Jerry Rice) was slow as molasses in a straight line.
Agree. The fastest NFL player, John Ross, is currently a free agent and doesn't look to be picked up any time soon.
The Sirianni family has been pretty close to Track & Field for years. His dad and brother were both track coaches. Specifically, his dad, was the head coach at their local HS for a serious amount of years.
I wouldn't be surprised if he has a soft spot for Track guys. Might sound dumb, but people make decisions with their emotions. I could see him having a shot at the team.
Jerry Rice was the fastest man in the world when the ball was in the air.
I timed Allen from snap to catch crossing the line in about 6.3 seconds for 56 yards, so he was moving pretty good. That was a fine catch. It may have come against cut material and second and third stringers, but it combines the deep threat, the athletic catch, the game speed, and the touchdown, all qualities coaches love, so maybe it's too late, but maybe that gets him on the team instead of the practice squad.
Yeah, I tend to agree. A TD off of busted coverage on a 9 route in a preseason game is not gonna impress me. What other parts of the route tree can he run? Can he return? Don’t get me wrong, I love improbable stories and long shots making teams, but I just don’t see it here.
That simply isn't true at all, TONS of tracksters have played in the NFL.
How about these Hall of Famers that were track athletes Bob Hayes, Cliff Branch, Bobby Mitchell, Jim Johnson, Ollie Matson.
First player to ever spike a football Homer Jones an NAIA 200m champ, once beat Hayes.
No less than 20 Olympians have made NFL rosters.
John Ross was a 10.7 sprinter, he wasn't a legit track guy,
How about Jamaal Charles, Willie Gault, Rod Woodson, Darrell Green, Gale Sayers legit track guys.
My point is that having elite speed doesn't guarantee a spot on a football team much less an NFL career.
There have been so many track guys play football, really not buying that.
Randy Moss won league in the 60/200
Eric Dickerson state 100 champ
Marshall Faulk a 10,3 cat
Ezekial Elliott state hurdles champ
And on and on and on and .........
Very appropriate for being in Philly: "speed, speed, speeeeeed!"
Devon Allen is still on the Eagles practice squad.
The guy who took the spot Allen could have had as punt returner is Britain Covey.
Covey has about 60 yards on 10 punt returns. Nothing special.
He wasn’t even allowed to park in the players lot when they had their Monday Night game.
Point is, when we were listing reasons why Allen wouldn’t make the cut, I didn’t see anyone say he couldn’t beat out Britain Covey.
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