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October 22, 2012
Nate Allen Safety Cape Coral High School Cape Coral, Fla. Nate Allen passed for more than 5,000 yards as a quarterback at Cape Coral High School in southwestern Florida. To place that in perspective, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick passed for 4,846 at Warwick High School in Newport News, Va. Allen laughs. "So I passed for more yards?" he asks. "I did not know that. I have something to brag about now. " So how did Allen end up playing safety in the NFL? Along with quarterback, he also played safety in high school.
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November 4, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles strong safety Nate Allen did not practice Friday after suffering a left hamstring injury during Thursday's workout. Allen strained his right hamstring in the fourth quarter of a 26-23 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions on Oct. 14. After the bye week, he returned and played in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, recording nine tackles. He said his right hamstring is fine. "It is frustrating," he said of the latest setback, but "Monday is not out of the picture. " If Allen is not able to play against the New Orleans Saints, David Sims would start.
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December 21, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a peculiar move, Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson would start at the safety positions on Sunday ahead of Nate Allen. Allen will work into the rotation, Reid added, but the switch was a clear demotion for the Eagles' 2010 second-round draft pick. "I was all right with it," Allen said Wednesday. "You've got to be a professional about it and just go out there and continue to work and contribute and help the team out however you can. " A demotion this late in the season suggests the Eagles have given up on Allen.
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October 29, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
IF SOMEONE wants to donate a gently used safety to the Eagles, Chip Kelly will take it, he said yesterday. No word on whether you'd get a tax receipt for your contribution. But Kelly's point yesterday seemed to be that he doesn't expect any such miracles by today's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline. He added that the Eagles "aren't actively looking to upgrade" anywhere as the deadline nears. Perhaps partly because of that expectation, and how hard it is to engineer impact trades in the NFL, even more so during the season, Kelly delivered a strong defense of Nate Allen.
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September 24, 2010
YES, IT'S EARLY. Two games isn't much time to come to a conclusion about anything - well, except for switching quarterbacks. But I digress. Sure, some mistakes have been made, but, for the most part, the first two games of Nate Allen's career as the Eagles' starting free safety couldn't have gone much better. As one of the Eagles to be watched closely this season, Allen already has given us some positives. He intercepted a pass from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the season opener and got another pick off Detroit quarterback Shaun Hill Sunday.
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November 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff entered Eagles training camp competing with Nate Allen for a starting spot. The 2013 fifth-round pick could never wrestle the starting job from Allen, and it became clear early in the preseason that Wolff would open the season as a backup. He remained in that role and has played only 17 defensive snaps this season. That could change Sunday against the Houston Texans. Allen, who has come under fire this week after allowing a 75-yard touchdown Sunday in the loss to Arizona, missed practice for the third straight day with a hamstring injury.
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February 19, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nate Allen spent Tuesday trying to clear his name after he was detained and questioned by police in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. The Eagles safety said a woman mistakenly accused him of exposing himself. Allen, 27, was released and not charged after spending more than four hours in a holding cell. A Fort Myers police spokesman, Lt. Victor Medico, released a statement Tuesday. "The Nate Allen investigation remains active," the statement said. "Allen is no longer in police custody and has not been charged with a crime at this time.
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November 9, 2010 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Safety Nate Allen, the rookie who has started every Eagles game this season, has a neck sprain and will likely miss the team's game at Washington Monday. "It looks like he's going to struggle to make it for this week, but we'll see how he progresses," coach Andy Reid said. If Allen is out he'll likely be replaced by fellow rookie Kurt Coleman, a seventh-round draft pick who had his most extensive showing of the season Sunday after Allen got hurt. The team has just three safeties on the roster - Allen, Coleman and Quintin Mikell - so if Allen can't play, they would be thin in that area.
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August 2, 2011
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Nate Allen was back on the field Monday morning for his first full-contact drills of training camp. The second-year safety, returning from a torn patellar tendon in December, said he felt good, though he admitted to having a little hesitation when rushing into the offensive line on blitzes. "It's in here a little bit," he said, pointing to his temple. "But I feel good. " Allen, reserved and quiet by nature, has had to become a more vocal presence on the field.
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December 21, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SOMEWHERE FAIRLY high among the reasons why Andy Reid almost certainly will coach his final home game for the Eagles Sunday is this: Reid's team drafted safety Nate Allen in the second round in 2010, 37th overall, and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round in 2011, 54th overall. Neither Allen nor Jarrett will start for the Eagles against the visiting Washington Redskins. Jarrett was cut Sept. 11, and on Wednesday, Reid announced that Colt Anderson will take Allen's starting role.
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May 25, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
AMONG THE hard lessons taught during the Eagles' 4-12 season in 2012 was the revelation that playing safety behind a Wide 9 front was really tough, if not impossible. Safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen frequently bit on play action, sometimes because they were too easily confused, but other times because they were expected to handle gap responsibilities against the run, with Jim Washburn's defensive ends seemingly under orders to avoid contact with anyone who wasn't a quarterback.
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December 21, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The game-winning touchdown from last year's Eagles-Cardinals game came on the big screen in a production room at NFL Films' Mount Laurel campus Friday morning, and Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge both saw exactly what happened in the Birds' loss. They had studied the film throughout the week. Jaworski, the former Eagles quarterback, and fellow ESPN analyst Hoge identified the play as a key discussion point for Sunday's rematch. After seeing how the 75-yard touchdown catch exposed a major threat to the Eagles defense, they turned their attention to a blitz in a Cardinals-49ers game on Nov. 29. It was a "triple-A gap blitz" - the type of jargon former players use when they speak freely about football.
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October 23, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
First there were Quintin Mikell and Sean Jones in Sean McDermott's Jim Johnson-cloned defense. Then there were Mikell and Nate Allen. Then Allen and Kurt Coleman for two years behind the "wide nine. " Then Allen and Patrick Chung in Bill Davis' completely new scheme. And then Allen and Malcolm Jenkins last year. Interspersed as starters in that six-year span have been Macho Harris, Colt Anderson, Jarrad Page, Jaiquawn Jarrett, David Sims and Earl Wolff. It's been seven years since the Eagles and Brian Dawkins parted ways, and for the first time since his departure, the team has two more than competent safeties and a scheme that matches their skill sets.
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October 2, 2015 | David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
WANT TO KNOW why Walter Thurmond has transformed this Eagles secondary? Fast forward the tape of Sunday's win to the latter stages of the first quarter. It is a play you no doubt remember: The Jets line up in trips right, throw a swing pass to Brandon Marshall, and then lose 8 yards as Malcolm Jenkins tosses his blocker aside and flings the ballcarrier backward by the waist. This was second-and-9 at the Eagles' 48, Jets on the verge of moving into field-goal range while trailing, 3-0. Jenkins didn't need any help, but look at the second Eagle on the scene as Marshall spins to the ground.
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September 11, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THEY ARE easy targets: Nate Allen, Cary Williams and poor Bradley Fletcher. They served as chief scapegoats for the Eagles' missed 2014 postseason. They served as evidence for the demotion of general manager Howie Roseman. Allen was a second-round pick during the Brian Dawkins Hangover; Williams and Fletcher, two modestly priced, free-agent solutions who had never been the featured corners on their previous teams. capegoating them was justified, and the evaluation of their talents was poor.
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September 5, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For all the changes the Eagles made to their secondary this offseason, there are still unresolved questions about the group with the preseason over and only 10 days separating the team from the start of the regular season. The starting four defensive backs are set, but they didn't participate Thursday in a 24-18 preseason loss to the New York Jets. Although the unit appears improved, a small sample size of preseason plays is far from enough evidence to say there has been an upgrade.
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September 2, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SO, ABOUT THAT test the Eagles' secondary was going to face this preseason . . . Andrew Luck played 11 snaps. Joe Flacco played 19. Aaron Rodgers played zero. Hey, it's not their fault that preseason football has reached a farcical level of meaninglessness. Still, it would have been nice to see the group in action against somebody other than Brett Hundley and Jeff Janis. In three games, the Eagles' secondary spent 15 snaps in pass coverage against starting wide receivers (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Randall Cobb)
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August 14, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE MOST uncomfortable man at the NovaCare Complex might be the guy who was standing behind the podium in the media tent yesterday morning. Maybe Bill Davis was just a football coach saying football coach things, but he certainly sounded like a guy who understands that paper champions often falter, and somebody often pays the price. Yes, the Eagles made some changes in their defensive backfield. Yes, the third year of a new scheme should feature fewer hiccups than the second year.
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June 11, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whatever the disconnect between Earl Wolff and Chip Kelly over the safety's recovery from knee surgery, the only opinion that counts in terms of the player's future with the Eagles is the coach's. And right now, Kelly has made it quite clear that he believes Wolff should be practicing. "He's been cleared from Dr. [James] Andrews a couple weeks ago," Kelly said on Tuesday, "but it's what he can tolerate. " Wolff had a different interpretation. "He didn't clear me to come out here and be 100 percent," Wolff said of Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who has been the go-to guy for pro athletes' injuries.
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June 5, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Corey Undlin won't mention the name of his former employer. (Hint: It's in Denver.) The Eagles' new defensive backs coach was fired from his previous job, but his refusal to look back had little to do with any ill will he may have toward, yes, the Broncos. Undlin is focused on the here and now in Philadelphia. So when comments from several holdovers that seemed to disparage his predecessor were relayed to him Wednesday, Undlin handled them with care and directed his attention toward how he intended to fix a secondary that was among the worst in the NFL. The Eagles' pass defense finished 31st in yards allowed; surrendered a fourth-worst 30 touchdowns; and, most damaging, gave up a league-worst 72 passes over 20 yards and 18 over 40 yards.
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