Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Armando Allen, former Notre Dame Running Back, Signs with Buccaneers
Notre Dame running back Armando Allen, Jr. was amongst the several Irish players to sign NFL contracts yesterday as an undrafted free agent. With the lockout over, teams were free to start contacting players and it did not take long for contracts to be written up.
For Allen, he will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and compete for a spot on their roster once camp opens Thursday, July 28. Changes are possible in the Buccaneers' backfield but not entirely likely, so at the very least Allen would provide depth or possibly return kicks, a specialty he shined in at times during his Notre Dame career.
Over his entire playing career, including high school, he was susceptible to injuries (he sat out his senior year in high school with a broken leg and missed the second half of his senior year in college with torn cartilage on both sides of his hip) so he probably would not be in position to compete for a full-time job. Splitting time is definitely the way to go with Allen. Another possibility includes lining up in the 'wildcat' position.
When healthy, he showed some flash and bursts of speed. He could wind up being a sleeper for the Bucs.