Adding Allen a good move for Texans

November, 11, 2010
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The AFC South Blog has been critical of the Texans for what we judged as an architectural roster flaw: Not having a capable veteran corner behind their Kiddie Corps at the position.

They made a waiver claim to remedy that today, and were awarded former Dolphin Jason Allen.

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Allen
He could plug in quickly on special teams, where safety Dominique Barber played a big role. Barber suffered a knee injury on Wednesday that required a scope, and has been placed on IR.

Once Allen is up to speed, perhaps he could play a bit with the starting defense. They don’t need to demote Kareem Jackson. But maybe a game or two on the sideline would let the struggling rookie first-round pick recalibrate.

Allen was a first-round pick, 16th overall, in 2006 out of Tennessee. But he’s started only 19 games with five interceptions in five seasons. The Dolphins let him go after claiming Al Harris, who was dropped by Green Bay.

I don’t see Allen as any sort of savior. But at least he’s a guy with experience who might be a serviceable alternative.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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