Safety Antonio Allen is "ecstatic" to be back with the New York Jets

Antonio Allen said he "was fired up" and ready to get back to New Jersey to play with the Jets

Florham Park, NJ - Antonio Allen is back where it all started and he's "ecstatic" to be home. Allen joined the Jets as a seventh-round draft pick in 2012 and was starting to show a lot of promise as a budding safety until the Jets cornerback depth situation got so dire that his then coach, Rex Ryan, inexplicably decided to start playing him at cornerback. Allen got roasted at corner, then when he switched back to safety he seemed to have lost all of his confidence.

Allen tore his Achilles in training camp last season, causing him to miss the entire season, and signed with the Texans in the offseason. Allen said he felt like he had a strong camp with Houston and thought he did enough to make the team, but he "was fired up and ready" to come back to the Jets. 

Allen will re-join the Jets as a member of the active roster and will backup Marcus Gilchrist as the free safety, with Rontez Miles backing up Calvin Pryor as the strong safety, but both Miles and Allen could see playing time with Gilchrist and Pryor in three-safety sets. Allen said as soon as he started looking at the Jets playbook things started to come back to him, he's not sure if Todd Bowles will call his number as early as this week but he's going to make sure he's ready incase he's needed.


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