Steelers Safety Will Allen Looks To Play More In 2012

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed safety Will Allen as an unrestricted free agent back in 2010 and over the course of two seasons he has only seen 46 snaps on defense in addition to his heavy involvement on special teams.

Allen joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday to talk about several things related to the Steelers this upcoming season and that included him talking about where he sees himself fitting on the roster this year.

“I look to play more. The first game of the year Ryan Clark is not going to be able to start just because of his blood condition,” said Allen, who enters the third and final year of his contract. “We\’ve got Denver Sunday night and Peyton Manning, so I\’ve got to be ready to go. Training camp is a big time for me. It\’s a great opportunity you know. Ryan Mundy and I are going to be in a great competition and that\’s how it always is. I love it like that and I think the coaches are going to love it. And once we get into preseason we are going to see who stands out.”

Allen went on to talk about how prepared he had to be last season in the playoffs because of late season injuries in the secondary. “In the playoff game I was a backup at four different positions because we had so many guys down,” said Allen. I was a safety ready to go, I was at nickel ready to go and even at corner, because we had so many guys that were down.”

“I\’m expecting great things from myself,” said Allen. “I\’m going to prepare myself. I\’m confident in my abilities and we\’re just going to let the chips fall where they may, but I\’m definitely looking for more playing time this year.”

As I pointed out in the safety training camp roster battle post, Allen looks to be anything but a lock to make the 53 man roster as he heads into training camp. A plus in his favor is that Ryan Clark will miss week one against Denver, so the Steelers very well could decide to keep him as a fourth or even fifth safety. He figures to be battling the younger and less expensive Da\’Mon Cromartie-Smith for a roster spot, but there is a chance both could make the roster along with Ryan Mundy.

Allen is a solid special teams player and he could very well end up being the captain of the unit this year should he make the roster. The only thing  that is really working against him right now is his $1.605 million cap charge. His understanding of the defense and ability to play multiple positions though, just might mean that he gets to play out his final year in Pittsburgh.

  • Ahmad

    I still want DCS to replace him.

  • I think the only way he plays more is in another uniform, barring major injury.

  • Primanti05

    Myron Rolle…….

  • I would love to see Rolle or Smith make the team over Allen and it would save around 1 million….Think we should of already cut Scott and Allen back when they cut the others…… That’s money we can use signing others that are better and If allen is mostly ST, one of the young guys can do that at a cheaper rate, As well as with a backup like Scott…… We can save money with theses guys, Would also like to see Suisham get cut and sign someone else cheaper…..

  • Allen at least has the Denver game as an excuse to keep him. Scott the only thing I can think of is they are waiting to see what happens with Starks. I would have cut him as soon as I could have.

  • SteelSpine

    $1.6 mil is waaay too much for a just special teams tackler, Ryan Clark’s mile-high dilemma shouldnt be enough to keep that on the roster. For that one game Denver, try to get-by suiting up our biggest backup CB who knows our system. Seems to me we outta be able to get by one game playing either of our biggest backup CBs at FS because:
    – Keenan Lewis & Cortez Allen are each at-least as big as Will Allen
    – We have all preseason to get them ready to play one game at backup FS
    – Unlike Cromartie & Rolle, Keenan & Cortez are locks to be on the roster anyway.
    – Ya never know a CB might find himself to be a gem starter at FS.
    I know it’s a crazy because Steelers staff wants those competing at CB, but it’s worth a thought if Rolle & Cromarti-Smith both bomb-out early in training camp.