Antonio Allen will start at cornerback for Jets on Saturday


Antonio Allen has made one big position shift during his playing career, moving from outside linebacker in college to safety, so he has some experience with what he’s trying to pull off with the Jets this week.

Jets coach Rex Ryan announced at his Tuesday press conference that Allen will start at cornerback against the Bengals in Saturday’s preseason game. The big difference from Allen’s previous transition is going to be how quickly he’s trying to make it.

Allen moved to cornerback for Monday’s practice and stepped into the void opened by injuries to Dee Milliner, Dimitri Patterson and Dexter McDougle in recent days. Allen had a pair of interceptions during his initial session as a cornerback and Ryan said Allen will get to try his stuff against one of the league’s best receivers in A.J. Green.

“He’ll start. What the heck? If he can cover that kid, he can cover them all,” Ryan said, via Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press.

Green’s a pretty tough measuring stick for an experienced cornerback, so there won’t be many people betting on Allen in that matchup. Given the current state of the cornerback corps, the Jets will be happy if Allen can handle receivers in the sub-Green category.

13 responses to “Antonio Allen will start at cornerback for Jets on Saturday

  1. What a pathetic secondary.

    The Minnesota Vikings gave up 0 first touchdowns against the Raiders 1st team – 3 drives in a row.

    We have the best secondary in the NFL, under Mike Zimmer.

    The Super Bowl is a high probability this year.

  2. He was very good at covering tight ends last year, i.e., pick-sixing tom brady when he tried to throw to gronkowski. his athletic skill set is diverse and he could surprise some people

  3. Wouldn’t surprise me if he does well. I was really looking forward watching double AA play Safety along side Pryor this year. This kid can ball at the Safety position. I’m looking forward to see what he has in true “press man coverage?” If it doesn’t work, so what! Just slide him back to free Safety, not strong side! We all saw how he shut Gronk and Graham down at the Safety position! Nothing wrong with getting some more experience in coverage, good idea! Now go get a Corner that at least can hold up until Dee is back! Plus double AA is an athletic freak!

  4. I really believe this is rex’s last year in new York. and this will be the last year Geno Smith is considered a legitimate option at QB for any team.

    remember how cam struggled year 2? I wonder what 12 td’s and 20 some int’s looks like when you are “struggling”. 8 and 30? Vick starting is about as certain as manziel eventually starting. Hoyer and Smith are toast.

    and rex will be on TV next year. talking football before games.

  5. Not going to be easy filling the shoes of “the best CB in the league”. Of course, it may soon inform us that now he’s the best in the league. Too bad they’re not playing the Raiders, if the Vikings can shut them out anybody can.

  6. However this experiment ends, I don’t dislike the idea of trying it on for size. While you’re at it why not try Stephen Hill? Great size and speed, and he would have the ” greatest ” hands of any DB in the NFL!!! He was made to play defense.

  7. jetfan74: I kinda agree with you there? Though I have to say, let’s give him a one more shot at wideout? If can actually catch the ball? That would be a good thing. But not a bad idea at all!!

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