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As a rookie in 2010, Nate Allen looked like a safety with surprising ball-hawk abilities. He regressed in his sophomore campaign after struggling to come back from injury, but now he should be fully recovered.
With the Eagles’ strong defensive line applying heavy pressure, opposing quarterbacks will be forced into making errant throws downfield. Allen has shown a knack for taking advantage of those kinds of opportunities and should have plenty of chances to pick off weak throws.
And with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hopefully having bounce-back seasons, more throws will be directed away from them and toward Allen and whichever safety ends up playing next to him.
Asomugha and DRC are both cover corners, which means that they are more likely to break up passes and force an incompletion rather than go for the interception. That leaves Allen more chances to make the big play.
2012 is a prime chance for Allen to prove he can be an elite safety in this league, and picking off a handful of passes will go a long way toward him reaching that goal.
Projection: 5 interceptions