FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – As Ricardo Allen reported for his sixth training camp, his outlook has changed.
After missing majority of the 2018 season when he was placed on the injured reserve list with a torn Achilles, Allen has quite the itch to get back out on the practice fields and start competing again.
"I feel good," Allen said on Sunday. "I feel like I can compete and I feel like I can do some good things. I'm ready to be back."
Allen was limited to rehab work only during the Falcons' offseason workout program.
The starting free safety said he is able to run, cut and "do all of it" right now. When asked what his participation level during practice will be, he mentions that he's not worried about anything other than following the plan Atlanta's training staff has outlined for him as he makes his return.
"I'm following their program," Allen said. "I'm a day-by-day guy, I'm going to keep it day-by-day. Whatever they tell me I can do, I'm going to try and go for it and follow the plan."
As for the other Falcons' starting safety who missed last season as well with a torn ACL, Keanu Neal. He was cleared to resume on-field work in a limited capacity during the offseason workout program.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said it's "more than realistic" to believe Neal and Allen will be fully ready to go during training camp.
The Falcons open AT&T Training Camp on July 22 at 9:35 a.m
Take a look at Ricardo Allens' career after agreeing to a three-year extension with the Falcons. We look forward to having him stick around for many more years!