The Philadelphia Eagles have become an organization that has prided itself on thinking outside of the box. Look no further than wide receiver hopeful/track and field star Devon Allen. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen them fish in some unique areas though.
Whether they’ve made conscious efforts to find those coaches who don’t have previous experience doing the job (Andy Reid, Doug Pederson, Nick Sirianni) or they’ve rolled the dice on guys who played rugby, even though one worked out (Jordan Mailata) while the other didn’t (Adam Zaruba), Philly isn’t going to go about their business in ways that any of us think they should.
Look around the roster, and you’ll find guys like Matt Leo, a project at the defensive end position that joined the Eagles as a part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. They’ve got some track stars too. That’s a phrase that can be taken in the literal sense.
On April 8th, the Birds signed a speedster, Devon Allen. He hasn’t played football since his final season at Oregon with the Ducks in 2016. There’s been a ton of talk about his speed though. If he shows up at camp at proves that he has some hands, Philadelphia might be on to something.
He may be a long shot to make the 53-man roster, but it’s hard not to envision him running past the Dallas Cowboys secondary, especially if he keeps putting on shows like the one he displayed at the New York Grand Prix.
Devon Allen sets the track on fire to the tune of a near-historic display.
Here’s one of those times where there’s no need for a ton of setup. Devon Allen knows how to ‘pick them up and put them down’ as they say. On Sunday, June 12th, he laced up the kicks, stepped up to the starting block, and this happened.
Just to recap, here’s what you just witnessed. That’s a 12.84 showing in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. For you history buffs out there, that’s the third-fastest time ever run in the 110-meter hurdles. His previous best was 12.99… He also did this coming off of a recent COVID infection.
Seriously, what else needs to be said after that? Fingers are crossed this way. Again, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which he makes the Eagles’ roster, but the hope is this guy has an NFL set of hands. The Philadelphia Eagles have hit the jackpot if he does.