I’m well aware that former Miami Dolphins first-round pick Jason Allen has had too many position switches to even count.http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_fo ... l+Blogs%29
Cornerback to safety. Safety to cornerback. Cornerback to safety, and back again. However, I’m recommending another.
I’m well aware that too many Miami Dolphins coaching staff’s have given up on this college free safety, questioning his ability to play that position, hinting that the Dolphins’ 2006 first-round pick might not have the instincts and/or intelligence required to be successful as the secondaries last line of defense.
I was one of the first to tell you he stunk as a cornerback during the early portion of the Cam Cameron’s conversion efforts. But when Jason Allen got called on to play free safety due to six dozen injures he actually played well.
That 2007 team stunk, but Allen wasn’t the problem. He was actually one of that year’s few bright spots, contributing 62 tackles, three interceptions and forced a fumble in his nine starters.
Because Allen had decent coverage skills, and this regime covets big corners, secondary coach Todd Bowles decided cornerback was a better spot for this former University of Tennessee standout, so he was never given another shot to compete for the free safety spot.
Allen started two games as a cornerback in 2008, and was actually making progress at his new but old position before Randy Moss broke his spirit, and his hand with a multiple touchdown performance.
Since then Jason Allen has sparingly surfaced for anything but special teams duty, and even when he did play as a cornerback he wasn’t sharp.
Considering the Dolphins are set with Sean Smith, Will Allen and Vontae Davis playing on the boundary and the nickel spot, and hope to develop rookie Nolan Carroll, the team’s fifth-round draft pick, why not give Allen a chance to compete with Tyrone Culver, Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones?