Jared Allen: 5 Reasons Why the DE is Still Among the Best in the Game

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Jared Allen: 5 Reasons Why the DE is Still Among the Best in the Game
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While this season hasn't necessarily been kind to the 0-4 Minnesota Vikings, Jared Allen continues to prove that he belongs in the same class as some of the NFL's most elite players.

A former fourth-round pick, Allen was brought to the Vikings from Kansas City in a lofty exchange that gave the Chiefs a first-round pick, two third-round picks and a sixth-round pick. This exchange gave the Chiefs players like starting LT Branden Albert and WR/RB Dexter McCluster, who both are vital players on the Chiefs roster. Meanwhile, the Vikings received perhaps the most explosive and definitely one of the most feared defensive linemen in the NFL.

It's getting harder with each passing week for Minnesotans to remain optimistic about the situation surrounding their hometown team. As the Vikings continue to find out new problems with their team, a select few remain consistent to give them hope.

Players like Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Jared Allen, whom this franchise is built around, remain the cornerstones this entire team fringes upon.

Despite a slow start to his 2010 season, Jared Allen has bounced back in this weak 2011 campaign with a strong showing that truly establishes him as one of the league's best—especially after eight seasons.

Let's look at the attributes that earn this explosive pass-rusher such a designation.

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