FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Of the deluge of free agents that arrived in New England in recent weeks, veteran cornerback Will Allen has been one of the lesser-talked about additions to the team.
The 33-year-old Allen played 15 games for the Dolphins last season, coming off a knee injury that wiped out his entire 2010 season and all but six games of his 2009 season.
Meeting with reporters on Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, Allen stressed that his "knee is fine," but noted the importance of the team's offseason program, which began last week, in preparing him to play in his 11th NFL season. Here are some highlights from his gathering this morning with the media:
Offseason program. "It's been great. The past week and a half, just the kind of workouts that these guys are doing, it's just impressive. It just reminds you of college, and what it's about as far as trying to get in shape to play at the level you need to play at this game. I think [head strength and conditioning] coach Herold [Nash] does an excellent job. He's been kicking my butt for the past week and half, so I'm excited about that."
On being a veteran mentor to younger defensive backs. "My job is to get myself ready to play, first and foremost, and once I get to that point, then I can probably help other guys."
Positional versatility. "I've played mostly corner. I've played a lot of nickel, as far as inside throughout my career. Just being involved back there for quite some time, I feel like I could pretty much play where I'm put back there. As far as experience-wise, I think I've been in most situations you can probably get into in the course of the game, so I think I have some value there."
On why he chose New England. "If I had to pick a team to go to, this would be the team. ... This team wins. We play this football game to win. We play this game because we love it, first and foremost, but most importantly we want to win. This place has a great reputation of winning ball games."