The New York Jets have announced that in their Week 1 game at home against the Oakland Raiders, one of their starting cornerbacks will indeed be Antonio Allen. The news is good for Allen and the Jets, as Allen did suffer a concussion in the Jets’ loss to the New York Giants in the preseason. Allen was fully cleared on Tuesday, and practiced without a non-contact jersey unlike on Friday, when he had to wear one.
Allen has taken the move to cornerback in stride, working hard during practices, and his two games he was able to start in the preseason at the position. “I feel pretty good with my preparation,” Allen said. “I went out there, had a decent day today, didn’t give up any deep balls. I just competed well and hopefully I can do that in a game … I wouldn’t say I’m quite comfortable yet but I feel like I’m getting there.”
Dee Milliner did not practice on Tuesday, and is not expected to be playing in Week 1, as he is still recovering from his high-ankle sprain from Aug. 10. So on the other side of the secondary against the Raiders will be Darrin Walls, who is making just his fifth career start.
Luckily for the Jets’ depleted cornerbacks, the Raiders will be starting a rookie quarterback in Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Houston Texans QB David Carr, who won the job from veteran Matt Schaub.
Rex Ryan, as most great defensive minds do against rookie QBs, draws up confusing blitzes to cause mistakes and make rookie QBs look like rookie QBs. Carr has had little work with the first team, and will be facing one of the better front sevens in football, which is not an easy task in an NFL debut. Since Ryan has been the head coach of the Jets, they are 7-3 when facing rookie QBs, and will be hoping to be 8-3 in a few days.
New York really needs this game against the Raiders and their rookie QB. With the suspect secondary, and a ton of high-powered offenses and good QBs coming up on the schedule, the Jets are in an early must win situation.