Even though Devon Allen is one of the best hurdle jumpers in the world, joining the Philadelphia Eagles will be the biggest obstacle he must overcome. After competing in the 110-meter hurdles final of the world championships and setting the third-fastest time in history, Allen was an exciting pre-camp tale, but he hasn’t found his footing in the three weeks since camp started.
In Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns, Allen finally showed flashes of his elite speed. He connected with Reid Sinnett on a 55-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to give Philadelphia the lead for good. Allen sped past two Browns defenders on a deep post, then spread his arms to catch the ball and score the touchdown.
Allen reaching this stage in training camp was something the Eagles anticipated. His efforts eventually paid off.
Allen said after the game, “I’m starting to feel more at ease with the offense. “With the assistance of DeVonta (Smith), A.J. (Brown), and those guys—observing what they do well and attempting to emulate it. Every day, I’m beginning to feel more at ease.”
In a talented room, Allen still has a little chance of making the 53-man roster at wide receiver. Zach Pascal, Quez Watkins, Smith, and Brown are roster staples, and the fight is fierce for places five and six as well. While Deon Cain is enjoying a strong summer, Jalen Reagor, a former first-round choice, would cost the Eagles more in salary contract room to cut him than to keep him. With some underwhelming preseason games, Britain Covey’s chances of making the roster appear to be fading. Greg Ward is another, who always earns a spot on the squad due to his dependability on special teams and in the return game.
After a five-year break from football, Allen is still getting the hang of the sport, but he might get a position on the practice squad. Sunday demonstrated the development the quick wide receiver is making in his new job.
Every day, you can see him getting up and feeling better, according to Sinnett. “I am very delighted for him that he scored a touchdown because I know how hard he has fought to earn the opportunity to make plays. I’m overjoyed for him.”
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