Sean Payton

Foot in the door: Rookie Kenny Allen hopes a Ravens education kick-starts his NFL career

Foot in the door: Rookie Kenny Allen hopes a Ravens education kick-starts his NFL career

Kenny Allen has tasted stardom.

As the rare player who could handle both kicking and punting duties with aplomb and as a Michigan boy starting for Jim Harbaugh’s super-hyped college football machine, he was living big this time last year.

But he harbored no illusions that the luster of his college days would translate to an immediate starting job in the NFL. Allen is, after all, a kicker. And life is rarely that straightforward for his kind.

So here Allen stands on a balmy June morning in Owings Mills, taking copious mental notes on the activities of Ravens punter Sam Koch and Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker, aka two guys he has zero chance of beating out for a roster...

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