It this series we are going to look at the potential free agents of the Houston Texans, and figure out if they work into the plans for the coming years….
On November 10, 2010 the Miami Dolphins released cornerback Jason Allen in favor of veteran cornerback Al Harris who was coming of a knee injury. Allen the 16th overall selection in 2006, drafted by Nick Saban, was one of the last Dolphins from the Saban regime. Houston at the time was looking for answers to help a floundering secondary in 2010 and picked him up off waivers.
In limited playing time in 2010 for the Texans, in 7 games for that season he had 3 interceptions and helped a terrible Texans secondary. Allen was a late addition and came into the 2011 season with fans still wondering if he was still under contract.
In 2011 Allen got plenty of snaps for the Texans and rotated with starter Kareem Jackson. Allen still started 4 games and played in all 16 and intercepted 4 passes for the Texans, and majority of those interceptions were game savers. Allen also accounted for 45 total tackles and 11 pass deflections, during the 2011 season.
Allen pushed Jackson for his starting role, but at times he had trouble covering bigger wide receivers. For some reason the Texans defensive staff would just not give the Allen the starting spot, despite playing better than Jackson at times. Was it because Jackson is a Texans 1st round pick or was it because Jackson tackled better out of the secondary? Allen deserved, about the midway part of the season to start for the Texans.
Allen doesn’t posses blazing speed, but has ball instincts when it is in the air. Allen was among the team leaders in interceptions in 2011, and had 7 for the Texans in 23 games. Will it be enough to keep him around in Houston, it is hard to say. He looked good at times and bad just like his corner competition in Jackson.
Going into his 8th year as a professional and turning 29 in July he is getting up there in age and with youngsters, Roc Carmichael, Brandon Harris and Sherrick McManis in the wings, it might be the end of the road for Allen in Houston.
Chances Staying with the Texans: Not Likely
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