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Anthony Allen hopes to upgrade pass blocking

It was another unsuccessful gambit for Ravens backup running back Anthony Allen.

Attempting to cut block Detroit Lions defender John Wendling on Friday night during the Ravens' 27-12 loss at M&T Bank Stadium, Allen barely slowed down the blitzing safety.

And Wendling took full advantage of the situation, bolting into the backfield to sack quarterback Joe Flacco.

"That one I missed, I made a bad decision," Allen said. "I tried to cut the guy when I should have stayed up on him. It was just a bad decision on my part. You live and you learn."

For Allen, though, this marked the second time in two preseason games that he's been directly responsible for a breakdown in pass protection.

During a 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons to open the preseason, Allen whiffed on a block to allow a sack.

"The good thing is it's the preseason," Allen said. "You get to go back and learn from the mistakes that you made. That's what the preseason is for."

Vying to be the primary backup to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, Allen has only rushed for seven yards on six carries with one reception for 12 yards.

"Anthony Allen is very sharp, very bright," running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said. "He showed his toughness last year. He's not a very fast guy, but he has the size, he has the strength. I would like to see him run the ball a little bit more."

awilson@baltsun.com

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