With Dee Miliner and Dimitri Patterson not in the picture for the New York Jets because of injuries, or in Patterson's case, being released from the team, it opened the door for Antonio Allen to become a starter at the position.
Ever since Milliner and Dexter McDougle went down with injuries in early August, Allen was shifted from being a safety into a cornerback role and with that, he's been a starter in the preseason ever since. But now, he'll get to be a starter in the regular season too.
The Jets told Allen that he will in fact start for the team this coming Sunday when the team plays their regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.
"I feel good," Allen said. "I'm ready to go."
It's funny how things can work out in the NFL, as Allen was just hoping to make it as a safety and now almost a month later, he is almost an indispensable part of the defensive backs. Even after missing some time after suffering a concussion in the preseason, Allen's spot on the depth chart was never in question.
Even though Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman called using Allen at cornerback an experiment, Allen stated his confidence in playing the position because of his time at safety and knowing what each player is supposed to do.
"Safeties know the defense, and as a safety you have to tell the corners what to do, so I've pretty much got the scheme down for what the corners are supposed to do," Allen said. "Once you get out there, it's like mano e mano; you've got no help."
The experiment of using Allen at corner will be put to test by Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr; who will be making his NFL debut start on Sunday against the Jets and will likely put Allen to the test.
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