OXNARD, Calif. – Safety Will Allen has made a good first impression on the Cowboys.
Barring something unforeseen, Allen will start the Sept. 8 season opener against the New York Giants. In the training camp practices, he has been physical and talkative attempting to help bring an attitude to the defense like the one he came from in Pittsburgh.
“It don’t even have to be compared to Pittsburgh,” Allen said. “We’re trying to build something here in Dallas. We’re trying to build our own identity, our own personality, our own extra level. I’m a part of this team now and I’m trying to help this team win and be great.”
Allen started more than eight games in a season only once in his career (all 16 in 2006 with Tampa Bay). He hasn’t intercepted a pass since 2005 in Tampa Bay. Both of those years he played under Monte Kiffin, who is his coordinator again with the Cowboys.
“You can’t play defense in the NFL if you don’t (have an attitude),” Allen said. “That’s the way I know. That’s the way I learned it. I think we’re developing that here. We’ve got a lot of great guys. We’re playing for each other. That’s what it’s about.
"These tough days of camp, the competitive nature of practice we’re having, we’re all standing up for each other.”