Antonio Allen DB NYJ 9 Days

Allen will "probably" start at cornerback in the Jets' second preseason game Saturday against the Bengals, the New York Daily News reports.

Allen, a free safety by trade, has been experimented with at cornerback the past couple days amid the Jets' concerning recent injury developments at the position. While rookie Dexter McDougle tore his ACL on Sunday, No. 1 corner Dee Milliner suffered a high ankle sprain during the same practice and Dimitri Patterson (calf) remains on the treatment table. As such, Allen has been thrust into a new position, a move enabled by rookie free safety Calvin Pryor returning from a concussion. Should Allen indeed start at cornerback come Saturday, he would likely be paired against All Pro wideout A.J. Green, providing a stiff test in his debut at the position.

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Jets S Antonio Allen is getting most of the first-team reps during OTAs.

Allen is competing with S Dawan Landry for the starting safety spot opposite rookie S Calvin Pryor. With all three options solid against the run, the Jets are searching for someone to shore up a pass defense that was one of the worst in the league last season. Allen needs some work in that area, and his progression in coverage during camp will go a long way to determine if he can hold of Landry for the starting job.

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Coach Rex Ryan talked up S Antonio Allen following the draft, saying he "really looks forward to seeing what [Allen] does."

The Jets selected Louisville S Calvin Pryor with the 18th pick on Thursday night, but Pryor is expected to replace Dawan Landry in the starting lineup as an in-the-box, run-stopping safety. Allen, a college linebacker, started eight games last season but still needs to improve in coverage. He's solid against the run.

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ESPN New York expects Jets S Antonio Allen to enter 2014 as a starter, "barring a significant acquisition."

Allen appeared in all 16 games as a second-year pro, making nine starts -- eight at strong safety and one at free safety. He was part of the problem when it came to defending the pass on the back end for the Jets, but Pro Football Focus gave him solid marks as a run defender. Allen player some linebacker in college at South Carolina, so his coverage skills are going to need polishing.

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Jets FS Antonio Allen sustained a concussion in Sunday's Week 9 game against the Saints.

Allen gave Darren Sproles a concussion with a big hit in the first quarter and then suffered one of his own in the fourth quarter.

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Antonio Allen has won the Jets starting free safety job.

Allen beat out Eagles draft bust Jaiquawn Jarrett. He'll start next to Dawan Landry. Allen, a 2012 seventh-rounder, started just one game as a rookie. The Bucs will be looking to get Vincent Jackson over the top of Antonio Cromartie Sunday.

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Coach Rex Ryan said Antonio Allen is in the lead for the Jets' starting free safety job.

"I love Allen's length and he's been impressive at times," Ryan said. "He's not there yet, but some of the things he's done, he made a couple real nice plays the other day." Jaiquawn Jarrett is competing with Allen for the job, while Josh Bush is working as SS Dawan Landry's backup. Allen, entering his second season, started one game as a rookie after being promoted from the practice squad.

Antonio Allen DB NYJ Dec 06 '12

Jets promoted S Antonio Allen from the practice squad.

Allen is a prototypical in-the-box safety, but his contributions should be limited to special teams if he's active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Antonio Allen DB NYJ Oct 12 '12

Jets promoted S Antonio Allen from the practice squad.

A hard-hitting run stuffer, Allen was a seventh-round pick, but didn't survive final cuts. With the Jets struggling mightily against the run, it's possible Allen will see some snaps on defense, but he should be mostly limited to special teams.

Antonio Allen DB NYJ Sep 01 '12

Jets waived S Antonio Allen and TE Dedrick Epps.

Allen was one of the top safeties in college football last season, but has a history of concussions and questionable range. A hard-hitting and stout in-the-box safety, however, there should be a place for him on the Jets' practice squad.