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Tag:Russell Allen
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.15.11: Pryor in the first round?!?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • If former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor actually did go in the first round of the NFL supplemental draft, CBSSports.com’s own Rob Rang writes that agent Drew Rosenhaus would really have earned his money.
  • If you like to smoke while watching Bills games in person, you’re going to have to change your habits. The Bills have announced that smoking is banned at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Also, since there is no re-entry policy, you can’t leave to smoke and then return.
  • This was my favorite part of the AP story detailing the Bengals player-led workouts. They even clean up after themselves. Following a full-team practice last week at UC, quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Andy Dalton filled their arms with water bottles and blocking pads and headed for the storage area. Palmer couldn't recall the last time he's had to put the equipment away. “It's been a while," he said.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 7:57 pm
 

Jags won't miss Freddy Keiaho

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Jacksonville Jaguars have put linebacker Freddy Keiaho on injured reserve . At this point, most of you are saying the same thing: Freddy Keiaho is a Jaguar now?

Keiaho, best known for his days as a Colt, has not practiced since sustaining a concussion in the preseason opener.

The analysis here is not complicated. Keiaho figured to be the second linebacker off the bench behind Russell Allen heading into Week 1. He can easily be replaced. To do just that, the Jags signed Alvin Bowen, a fifth-round pick of the Bills in 2008. Bowen is athletic but has battled injuries in his young career.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Russell Allen is Jacksonville's best linebacker

People who closely follow the Jacksonville Jaguars spent the offseason talking about Kirk Morrison. The former Raiders linebacker was traded for a mid-round pick to come in and solidify Jacksonville’s Mike position. Morrison’s presence keeps super steady veteran Daryl Smith on the strong side and pushes athletic fourth-year pro Justin Durant to the weak side. All in all, it’s not a bad outside linebacking duo. R. Allen (US Presswire)

But the linebacker Jaguar fans should be chattering about is Russell Allen. Thanks to a rash of injuries, the undrafted second-year man from San Diego State started games at all three linebacker positions last season. Allen’s attacking, downhill style consistently stood out on film. It was a refreshing change from the read-and-react tendencies of so many of his teammates.

“I think (attacking ballcarriers) is just in my nature,” Allen says. “The object of playing defense is to attack the offense and get them off the field.”

Last season, Allen finished fifth among NFL rookie linebackers in tackles per start. Now, he is competing for a starting job, which means he’s also competing against pro football politics. Morrison is being trumpeted as the new centerpiece. The reality is, Morrison lacks instincts and lateral agility. But the Jaguars would never admit that now. Smith is a veteran and former second-round pick who won’t be benched. Durant, the guy Allen is competing with most directly, was also a second-round pick.

Allen understands the uphill nature of his battle for a starting job. “I have to be clearly better (than the current starters),” he says. “Obviously our coaches are fair and they want to win and they’re going to put the best guys out there. If it’s neck and neck, there’s really no reason (for coaches) to make a change. I have to be head and shoulders above the other guys ahead of me.”

Last season, he was. This season, his versatility will get him on the field at some point (nickel packages if nothing else). But if performance is truly the only measure, it’s hard to believe Allen won’t earn a first-string job.

--Andy Benoit

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