NFL Nation: Eric Allen



Reporters were finishing their work at Seattle Seahawks headquarters Saturday night when coach Pete Carroll popped in for some informal draft talk.

Robert Turbin, the Utah State running back Seattle had selected in the fourth round, was one of the players we discussed. No story about Turbin would be complete without mention of his prodigious biceps. Even Carroll was marveling at them.

The Seahawks expect Turbin to give them needed insurance against losing starting running back Marshawn Lynch.

Count ESPN's Eric Allen among those expecting big things from Turbin in the NFL. Allen also liked the St. Louis Rams' draft. He discussed both subject, among others, in the video above.

How worried should Jets be about Sanchez?

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Mark Sanchez didn't have the kind of performance that would give New York Jets fans peace of mind heading into the regular season.

The third preseason game is supposed to be the most realistic exhibition, but in Friday night's 16-11 loss to the Washington Redskins at the Meadowlands, Sanchez looked like he needs more time to figure things out.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesMark Sanchez was 13-of-21 for 139 yards and one touchdown with one interception Friday night.
Sanchez was 13-of-21 for 139 yards and one touchdown with one interception. The Redskins sacked him twice.

Sanchez guided the Jets to zero touchdowns on 15 straight possessions before he hooked up with tight end Dustin Keller in the fourth quarter.

In all three preseason games, Sanchez has quarterbacked 18 drives that have gone for 28 points. That's two touchdowns (a missed extra point) and four field goals.

The "NFL Live" crew of host Michael Smith and analysts Tim Hasselbeck and Eric Allen took a look at Sanchez's development and how the Jets will handle it.

"From what I saw from him last season and then what I've seen in the preseason," Hasselbeck said, "you've seen some improvement, but you've also seen him revert back to some things that got him into trouble last year. What I would like to see from Mark Sanchez is really more consistency."

Hasselbeck was critical of how careless Sanchez is with the ball when he's in the pocket.

"That is an issue for me and something I'd like to see him clean up," Hasselbeck said, "if he's going to take the Jets to ultimately where they think he can take them."

Allen provided his formula for the Jets to help Sanchez come around.

"They have to get back to controlling the middle of the football field with Shonn Greene, utilize [LaDainian Tomlinson's] experience," Allen said. "When you're standing back there and it's third down, having that great veteran by you and be able to chip before he goes out [for a pass], utilize Keller in the passing game, screens and draws, really get that confidence back into that passing game and confidence back into that young man so they can work down the football field."

What can Brown do for you?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- According to sources close to the Eagles P.R. department, Sheldon Brown is now tied with Eric Allen and Seth Joyner for the most defensive touchdowns in team history with five. And while we're talking about records, Steve Smith only needs two catches to break Amani Toomer's single-season catch record of 82.

Toomer served as one of the honorary captains before tonight's game. The Giants have trimmed the Eagles lead to 14-3. But you can't get away with settling for field goals against this quick-strike offense. I'm worried about Tom Coughlin's health. The man has been working over the officials for the past five minutes or so. He's upset about a personal foul call on Terrell Thomas.
 
ESPN analysts Mike Golic, James Hasty and Eric Allen discuss whether protection rules for quarterbacks, such as the no-lunge penalty prompted by Tom Brady's knee injury, go too far.

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