Ricardo Allen
Ricardo Allen
28-Year-Old SafetyS
Atlanta Falcons
Questionable
Injury Shoulder
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Allen performed extremely well coming off an Achilles injury last season, starting all 16 games for the Falcons during 2019 and amassing a career-high eight pass deflections to go with 85 tackles. He underwent shoulder surgery in January after playing through the issue for the late stages of the regular season and so far appears to be on a positive trajectory in his recovery. Though no official timetable has been released pertaining to when he may be expected back on the field, the 28-year-old insists that his recovery remains on schedule. Once active, Allen is shifting to nickelback for the 2020 season, while Damontae Kazee will move back to safety full time after spending last year lining up in the slot. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Falcons in August of 2018.
Recovery still on track
SAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
May 7, 2020
Allen (shoulder) said Thursday that he's "right on schedule" with his rehab, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen is recovering from shoulder surgery undergone in January, and while an official timetable for his recovery has yet to be disclosed, it's certainly good news that the 28-year-old has avoided any setbacks thus far. He's in line to make the shift from safety to nickelback in 2020, which puts him in line to once again play a key role in the Falcons' secondary.
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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.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
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
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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.
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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Improving on injury front
SAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
April 20, 2020
Coach Dan Quinn said that Allen (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery from January shoulder surgery, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Undergoes shoulder surgery
SAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
January 30, 2020
Allen has undergone surgery to address a shoulder injury he played through during the end of the 2019 season, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
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Durable after injury-plagued 2018
SAtlanta Falcons
January 1, 2020
Allen accounted for 84 tackles, eight pass deflections and two interceptions, while playing in all 16 of the Falcons' regular-season games.
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All clear for Sunday
SAtlanta Falcons
December 27, 2019
Allen doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
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Hobbled Thursday
SAtlanta Falcons
Shoulder
December 26, 2019
Allen (shoulder/knee) put in a limited practice session Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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