According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles defensive tackle competition may have just seen the Cat thrown among the Pigeons.
#Eagles DL Beau Allen passed his physical today, so he's coming off the PUP list. He's returning from a torn pec from the offseason
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2017
I can add to @RapSheet's report that if Beau Allen does OK in practice, he might play a few series against the Jets. Quite the surprise
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 25, 2017
That’s right. After tearing his pectoral muscle earlier this year, Beau Allen is set to return to practice with just under a week until the team’s preseason finale. It’s not yet known whether or not Allen will factor into the matchup predominantly played in by backups and those vying for roster spots, or if he will be deemed healthy enough to do so. However, with Gabe Wright and Justin Hamilton battling with Elijah Qualls for the presumed fourth and final DT spot on the roster, it will be interesting to see how Allen factors into that battle.
The former Wisconsin Badger played in 40% of defensive snaps last year, setting career highs in tackles (29), and also registering 0.5 sacks and his first career fumble recovery. Not only that, but Allen played a major role in Dave Fipp’s prestigious special teams unit, being present on 32% of all special teams snaps. In fact, his contributions even bled into Doug Pederson’s offense, as Allen subbed in as a fullback several times throughout the year.
Talks of a contract extension were ripe at the beginning of the offseason, but the arrival of Elijah Qualls and a heartbreaking injury saw Allen left on the sideline as the DT competition evolved without him.
It may not be long until we see the 6’3, 327 lbs, defensive tackle practicing with his teammates at the NovaCare Complex, but what the long-term future holds for Allen, who is entering his contract year, remains a mystery.
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