Jason Allen redeems himself ... sort of
Jason Allen is not going to start this season unless some serious injury problems befall the Dolphins secondary. So, in that regard, he is definitely a disappointment no matter what the excuse.
But Allen is not yet a bust and, after Thursday's 7-0 preseason finale at New Orleans, one can see glimpses of his ability. Really.
Allen had an interception during last night's game and that is encouraging because during his first NFL season, he was rarely in position to get close to the ball, much less snatch it. Allen has also caused a fumble this preseason, so there you have at least two instances of him showing playmaking ability.
What really impressed me Thursday, however, was that Allen worked almost the entire first half against the first-team New Orleans receivers -- Marques Colston and Devery Henderson. Colston caught two passes for 17 yards. Henderson did not catch a pass.
So, despite my past criticism of Allen, I must give credit where credit is due.
Understand this is only a baby step and Allen is not where he needs to be. In fact, he's Miami's fourth cornerback and that's not counting injured Andre' Goodman. So it's not like Allen is earning his signing bonus yet.
But after that little bit of encouraging news Thursday, one can see Allen might turn things around. One can see that with a lot more hard work, he might not be a bust by the time 2008 rolls around.