The Dolphins get ready to hit the filed this week with their OTA’s (Organized Team Activities), which is essentially full squard practice without pads. And Nate Allen, a former USF Bull and Oakland Raider, is ready to compete for a starting job at the safety spot.
A former second round pick by the Eagles who played five seasons in Philly, Allen signed in Miami as a free agent after two years with Raiders. His first season in the Bay area ended quickly with an injured patella tendon, but 2016 saw him play in 14 games. Although he only started four times, he did make 33 tackles and have two INTs, as Oakland made a run into the playoffs.
Now, the seven year vet is eager to start the off-season with another playoff team closer to his Ft. Myers home. Over the weekend, Omar Kelly of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel got a chance to interview Allen briefly and provided this video:
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) May 20, 2017
As Allen mentions in his conversation with Kelly, Reshad Jones is there as a starter at one spot, and T.J. McDonald is allowed to practice in the off season an preseason before he will have to serve an eight game NFL suspension. So, there is a definite chance that Allen can regain starting status.
Allen was a defensive star and part of the USF football program rise to prominence starting in his sophomore year of 2007. He had a fumble recovery and an interception, as the Bulls upset nationally ranked Auburn. They later knocked off #5 West Virginia and that team would eventually rise to a #2 AP ranking in October that year.
Now, on his third team and having battled injuries and currently battling father time (he’ll be 30 in November) Allen seeks a fresh start. Starting this week with Dolphins OTAs.