During Sunday’s practice, the Jets’ cornerback unit suffered a pair of injuries. Dee Milliner, the top corner on the Jets roster, suffered a high ankle sprain and is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks. The Jets third round draft pick from Maryland, Dexter McDougle, tore his ACL and is going to miss the entire 2014 season.
When the Jets drafted “Double-A” in the seventh round in 2011, he was making the transition from outside linebacker to safety. Now, the former South Carolina Gamecock will move from safety to cornerback, and it is the best choice the Jets can make.
A few of those veterans include Asante Samuel, Jabari Greer, and Dunta Robinson. Although all three players had success in their prime, none know the Jets defense or the playbook as well as Allen, who has been in the system since 2011.
Moving Allen to the cornerback position gives the Jets a playmaker in the secondary, which is what they have been looking for throughout training camp. In the 2013 season, the Jets had less than one takeaway per game and just 13 interceptions the entire year. Three of those picks were in the season finale against Miami.
|Allen’s pick-six was one of the top highlights of the year.|
Last year, Allen got his feet wet in pass coverage by defending tight ends in coverage on some occasions. One of his best plays of the 2013 season was a pick-six he recorded while guarding Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots.