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Antonio Allen to Start at Cornerback for New York Jets in Preseason Game Vs. Cincinnati Bengals

August 12th, 2014 at 3:46 PM
By Doug Rush

In a span of 48 hours, Antonio Allen went from being a starting safety for the New York Jets into a starting cornerback role due to the injuries that have hammered the New York Jets secondary.

Dee Milliner has a high ankle sprain and will be out 3-4 weeks, Dexter McDougle is out for the season after tearing his ACL and Dimitri Patterson is dealing with an ankle and calf injury, thus why the team has shifted Allen into a starting role at corner, something he hasn't done in the NFL.

On Tuesday during a press conference, Jets head coach announced that Allen will in fact start for the team on Saturday night when they play the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in their second pre-season game of the summer.

“He’ll start. What the heck? If he can cover that kid, he can cover them all,” Ryan said.

Allen started nine of the 16 games last season for the Jets at safety and that was after he was converted from being a linebacker while attending the University of South Carolina. Now he'll learn a new position and be put up to a very tall task when he's asked to cover one of the top receivers in the league in A.J. Green.

With a player playing out of position against one of the best players in the league, it wouldn't be surprising to see Andy Dalton take advantage of the possible mis-match, but then again, you never know, as Allen could surprise some people if he plays well.

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Tags: A.J. Green, Antonio Allen, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, New York, New York Jets, NFL

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