“I feel ready,” said Allen. “Anybody who plays the game of football has dreams of one day being a starter. At least they should have those kinds of aspirations. Since day one this is what I wanted. If that is not your mindset, to compete at that high of a level, then you are in the wrong sport. Athletics is not your thing.
“Everyone should have that aspiration to one day be a starter. That is my goal. That is what I work for, to compete with the best.”
Allen started three of the last four games in 2012 when
“I prepare every day like I am going to be a starter,” said Allen. “You never know, especially with the position I play and the nature of the game. Any given moment you could be thrown in there. You have to prepare like that, like last year when I started you have to be ready.”
Starting a full NFL season, when every week you will be facing the best receivers in the game, could have any young player a little on edge. It doesn’t rattle Allen.
“It’s an exciting challenge to be thrust into the starting position,” said Allen. “It’s something you work for. It’s here.
“There isn’t pressure. It’s a game I love. Being able to do this is fun. I just have to keep doing what I do. I have to work hard and give my all to this team and my teammates. Everything else will handle itself.”