Antonio Allen Wants to ‘Lock Down’ the Safety Competition

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From the moment the Jets drafted Antonio Allen and Josh Bush the pair were attached to the hip as the then-rookies were cast into the whirlwind known as the National Football League. They grew closer as Allen, who did not own a car, rode with Bush to the facilities everyday.

Despite their friendship, Allen is hoping to beat out his fellow counterpart, and new comers Jaiquawn Jarrett and Bret Lockett, to secure his place with Dawan Landry in the starting lineup, The Star-Ledger‘s Conor Orr writes.

He hopes his ability as a playmaker can stand out during these reps. At South Carolina, he wasn’t typically asked to be a pure safety and is still adjusting to the position. He appeared in seven games last year, mostly on special teams, and recovered a fumble. Bush appeared in all 16, also largely in a special teams role.

“I’m all up for it,” Allen said. “We’re all close in the DB room but obviously someone needs to get the start. I’m just trying to come here and compete. I just try and do what I do best, and that’s make plays.

“Hopefully, me doing that will lock down that position.”

Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.com

Both Bush and Allen continue to learn and have a lot of promise attached to their names however, I feel at this juncture Allen’s still a little bit behind the curve in terms of coverage skills especially since he wasn’t asked to do it all at South Carolina. That isn’t to say he can’t turnaround that perception in the coming days but as of now, I would suspect Bush has the upper hand. Nonetheless, it’s good to see the competitive spirit taking over at Florham Park…just what Dr. Idzik ordered.
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