After spending his rookie campaign as an active member on the Ravens’ roster, Anthony Allen faced the uncomfortable and unfamiliar scenario of getting cut at the end of August by the organization that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft.
Since then, however, the running back has gone from free agent to practice squad to active roster and has carved out a niche on special teams, where he has collected two tackles. Being effective on special teams and occasionally spelling starting tailback Ray Rice have provided the framework for Allen’s role.
“I’m very comfortable,” Allen said of his responsibilities. “You have to be comfortable. I know what I have to do, and I know what I’m supposed to do to help this team win. I try to do my part and play my role well, and when another opportunity opens up, hopefully I’ll take advantage of it.”
Thus far, those chances have been limited. Allen has rushed the ball just five times for 13 yards, while rookie Bernard Pierce has carried the ball 19 times for 101 yards. Allen didn’t dispute the notion that fewer opportunities ramps up the pressure on him to be especially productive.
“You can look at it like that,” he said. “Whenever you get a chance – regardless of the situation – you’ve got to take advantage in this league.”
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said there are designed players for both Allen and Pierce depending on the looks that opposing defenses are showing. Allen said his goal is to show the coaching staff that he can be trusted to do more.
“You always want more,” he said. “That’s what I’m still working for. I’m not satisfied with where I’m at. I’m still working to get more playing time.”