Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen discusses his return


Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen returned to work on Friday, and business has picked up.

We’ve all discussed our thoughts on Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen. Fans have their ideas. The media have theirs. Coaches have still another. Now, we’ve gotten a few words from the man himself. We almost forgot to ask what Allen’s thoughts were on his own circumstances.

Passing his physical on Friday now means Allen is a full-fledged member of the Eagles again. The defensive tackle position is loaded and features two of the NFLs best, Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan. Then there’s Destiny Vaeao, Justin Hamilton, Gabe Wright and rookies Elijah Qualls and Winston Craig. Everyone won’t be here on September 10th, but the Eagles look better at this position than they’ve looked in a while.

Here’s what Allen had to say:

"Yeah, I’m kind of a first thing’s first kind of guy. I’d like to practice first, and then we’ll go from there and see how everything feels before that game on Thursday…I’ve played in a lot of games here here, and I want to play in a lot of games in the future. We’ll kind of address it all in the future…I’ll be back..It’s not like I’ve been sitting on my [butt] for five months — I’ve been working, I’ve been working with our strength staff a lot, a lot of cardio."

Moving forward:

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Allen was in the Eagles’ lineup for almost half of the team’s defensive snaps a season ago. He’s proof that seventh-round draft choices can work out after all. In his three seasons in Philadelphia, he’s totaled 67 tackles, a sack, two pass deflections and recovered a fumble.

He was once figured to possibly step into the starting lineup following the departure of Bennie Logan. His injury precipitated the Philly’s efforts to land Timmy Jernigan. The belief is, with a healthy Allen on the roster, he’s assured a roster spot. Every other defensive tackle will have a harder time making the roster and seeing the field.

Still, if Philly can field a competitive defensive unit in 2017, no one will remember that being a problem, nor will they care.