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http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/170930/still-questions-about-offensive-line-after-atlanta-falcons-minicamp

Ricardo Allen, free safety: Allen, drafted as a cornerback, created plenty of buzz with his outstanding play at his new position. He showed speed and instincts and had an impressive interception on Day 2 of camp. Right now, Allen has to be in the lead to be the starting free safety next to strong safety William Moore. That seems like quite a surprise, considering Allen was cut following training camp last year but then re-signed to the practice squad. You don't return four interceptions for touchdowns in college by mistake. "Ricardo has been working extremely hard and for a young guy with his ability, you like to see how far he is willing to take his gift," teammate O'Brien Schofield said.
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ill give quinn his props... He really are looking to play guys towards there strength ... Its no way the past staff would have gave him a shot.

Its early but Jake Matthews, Rashede Hageman, Devonte Freeman, and Ricardo Allen .. all from the 2014 staff looks like potential starters this year ... We just need the young guys to step up .... Southward is still out there to as a guy that can possibly contribute .

Lets see what happens tho

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ill give quinn his props... He really are looking to play guys towards there strength ... Its no way the past staff would have gave him a shot.

Its early but Jake Matthews, Rashede Hageman, Devonte Freeman, and Ricardo Allen .. all from the 2014 staff looks like potential starters this year ... We just need the young guys to step up .... Southward is still out there to as a guy that can possibly contribute .

Lets see what happens tho

I don't even like discussing Southward.

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vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 17h17 hours ago

Guys I thought looked impressive yesterday were, of course, Ricardo Allen, along with Ra'Shede Hageman, Vic Beasley and Chris Chester.

vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 13h13 hours ago

I would say with three days of minicamp with the first team Ricardo Allen goes into training camp as the starting FS unless Kemal changes it

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I don't have a link but Lowery mentioned in a interview that he wasn't resigned because he didn't have the length and speed the new regime wanted..... Now some dude who is 2inches shorter and probably a little slower is starting. Not to mention he's a rookie.

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I don't have a link but Lowery mentioned in a interview that he wasn't resigned because he didn't have the length and speed the new regime wanted..... Now some dude who is 2inches shorter and probably a little slower is starting. Not to mention he's a rookie.

I know right. Things that make you go hmmm...

I could care less about his size and speed. Ed Reed size and speed wasn't the greatest (5'11 205 4.57), but he had great instincts that made him great. Allen (5'9 197 4.51) showed great instincts in college. Working with Morris will only help improve his game.

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Allen proved at CB he was a good player. He ticked the staff off by knocking the snot out of someone, then gloating on field and sideline.

Anyone got video of that?

I like it but let's take it with a grain of salt, no pads

We saw what he did in preseason with pads. He tackled too well so we had to cut him.

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Allen proved at CB he was a good player. He ticked the staff off by knocking the snot out of someone, then gloating on field and sideline.

You know that if Spoon had done it then they would be saying how much it means to him and how he leads by example.

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I hope Allen is as good as he's showing so far. But I'm going to temper my expectations until the exhibition season. The last two years taught me not to drink Kool-Aid. If he is even serviceable, our defense has enough pieces on all three levels to be pretty good. I feel like that every year, though. I'll be glad when it finally breaks through.

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It would be interesting to know why Dan Quinn decided to try Ricardo Allen at Safety.

When you compare Earl Thomas and Ricardo Allen's physical traits you can see that they are somewhat similar. When you compare their ability you will see Earl has faster straight line speed but both are ball hawks.

I wonder if Ricardo reminds him of Earl in anyway.

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It would be interesting to know why Dan Quinn decided to try Ricardo Allen at Safety.

When you compare Earl Thomas and Ricardo Allen's physical traits you can see that they are somewhat similar. When you compare their ability you will see Earl has faster straight line speed but both are ball hawks.

I wonder if Ricardo reminds him of Earl in anyway.

It looks like Quinn watched a pile of Falcons games before taking the job. He really did his homework.

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