Ricardo Allen
Ricardo Allen
27-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
Injury Achilles
Wed Practice: Full
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Allen was placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles during a Week 3 loss to New Orleans - the last straw on the camel's back for a Falcons defense that was already depleted at the time. A former practice squad player who scratched and clawed his way toward the 53-man roster over the course of 16 months, Allen has since developed into one of the more reliable safeties in the NFL. He recorded an interception during his first career start, and from that point proceeded to suit up for 48 of the Falcons' next 50 games, displaying remarkable durability and building himself into one of the team's most prominent locker room leaders along the way. One has to wonder how explosive he can be coming off a severe (and often lingering) injury, but Allen was putting up numbers early last season that would have resulted in a career year had he been able to maintain his level of play. Extrapolating his statistics from Weeks 1, 2 and 3 out through 16 games, Allen was on pace for 91 tackles, 16 pass deflections and five interceptions. His previous career bests through three seasons were 90 tackles, five pass deflections and three interceptions. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Falcons in August of 2018.
Encouraging open to camp
SAtlanta Falcons
July 22, 2019
Allen (Achilles) was not expected to fully participate on the opening day of Falcons training camp, but he was able to partake in the majority of the drills Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen may not have taken the field with the first-team defense for 11-on-11 drills Monday, but he did clearly convey that he's eager to don the pads and get after it full speed. He was far from tepid on his rehabbed Achilles, reportedly setting a tone at practice by laying a shoulder hit on Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper at one point in a scrimmage. When asked about the status of his injury Sunday, Allen was noncommittal but positive in saying, "I feel like I can compete and do some good things. That's good enough for me right now." When urged to put a percentage value on his Achilles, Allen jokingly answered, "I don't know if I'm 100 (percent healthy). I might be 1,000."
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Ricardo Allen's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 9"
186 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.61 sec
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
Broad Jump
117 in
Bench Press
13 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
From a statistical standpoint, Allen regressed in a number of categories last season, collecting a career-low 54 tackles and recording just one interception after totaling seven regular-season and postseason interceptions between 2015 and 2016. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old safety remains a reliable presence in the Atlanta secondary, where he started 45 of the team's 48 regular-season contests the past three years. It remains to be seen whether Allen is part of the Falcons' long-term plans, as he'll be playing under a $2.9 million restricted free agent tender that guarantees no commitment from the team past 2018.
Allen quietly continues to impress as he heads into his fourth season in the league and is set to start at strong safety again for the Falcons. Last season he notched 90 tackles, three passes defensed and two interceptions in 16 games. While he's not the flashiest player, Allen only failed to record less than four tackles in one game last season, and his 1,101 snaps gave him the highest defensive snap count on the team. If he continues to grow in Dan Quinn's defense, Allen could be primed for a breakout season.
Allen started at free safety for the Falcons in 2015, racking up 69 tackles, three interceptions and a sack over the course of 15 games. He's expected to anchor the position again this season, and he should benefit now that he's got a year of Dan Quinn's system under his belt. 70 to 80 tackles and a few interceptions seems like an attainable target for Allen this season.
Allen will contend for the starting free safety role as training camp begins. He'll battle with Charles Godfrey and Kemal Ishmael for that honor, but the winner will certainly have plenty opportunities to put up big defensive numbers in a defense that's hoping to improve on a disastrous 2014 campaign.
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Little activity during minicamp
SAtlanta Falcons
June 19, 2019
Allen (Achilles) didn't actively participate in June minicamp, Matthew Tabeek of the Falcons' official site reports.
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May be ready for training camp
SAtlanta Falcons
May 11, 2019
Coach Dan Quinn said it's "more than realistic" for Allen (Achilles) to be fully cleared for the start of training camp, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Limited in workouts
SAtlanta Falcons
April 17, 2019
Allen (Achilles) wasn't seen participating in weight-lifting exercises Wednesday at the Falcons' team facility, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Taking strides in recovery
SAtlanta Falcons
March 21, 2019
Allen (Achilles) returned to the field Thursday for speed and agility drills, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Lands on injured reserve
SAtlanta Falcons
September 25, 2018
The Falcons placed Allen (Achilles) on injured reserve Tuesday. He'll require surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon and is expected to require a minimum of six months of recovery time, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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