Allen Getting Work at Corner
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DB Jason Allen

Posted Aug 16, 2006

Jason Allen worked at cornerback for the second day in a row Wednesday, a development that is serving two purposes. For one, the Dolphins are short on healthy cornerbacks right now. For the other, this give Nick Saban and his staff a chance to see if Allen could be used at the position at times during his rookie season.

“We’re trying to teach him out of necessity right now," Saban said after Wednesday morning's practice. "It’s a really good evaluation tool for us to see if he actually can play that position. That would give us a little more flexibiliity with how we would use him throughout this year. And as I said before, I don’t like to put young players in too many dual roles, but this is a good opportunity for us to evaluate him at the position.”

The Dolphins are short at cornerback because Travis Daniels continues to miss practice because of ankle injury that Saban acknowledged Tuesday was a "significant" sprain, because Michael Lehan had arthroscopic knee surgery last week, and because Eddie Jackson pulled an abdominal muscle earlier this week.

Saban joked some were pushing for me to line up at cornerback at practice Tuesday, but he decided against it after offensive lineman Vernon Carey beat him to the practice bubble after the threat of lightning forced the practice inside.

As for Allen getting work at cornerback, Saban said, "It was in our plans, at some point in time –- and it’s been a little more difficult to do because Jason (Allen) came in late -– because he played corner in college and we liked him as a corner in college that on some occasion, we may take a look at him. "

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