Marcus Allen is a steelers team member. He plays as a defensive end, and was drafted by the steelers in the 2016 NFL draft. Marcus was born and raised in Houston, Texas and attended Austin High School. The steelers selected him with the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Marcus Allen’s first game as a member of the steelers was against the Cleveland Browns on September 18th, 2016. During this game, he recorded his first tackle for a loss on an interception return from Browns’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. In total, Marcus has recorded 27 tackles and 2 sacks during his rookie season with the Steelers.
Introducing Marcus Allen
Oakland Raiders’ Playoff Hopes Are Dashed
On December 24th, 2016, the Steelers defeated the Oakland Raiders in a thrilling 26-20 victory. During the game, Marcus Allen recorded 4 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. During his 2016 season, Marcus Allen recorded 27 total tackles, 5 sacks, and 1 interception.
Marcus Allen’s Second Season
In his second season with the Steelers, Marcus Allen has registered 22 total tackles and 3 sacks so far. On January 7th, 2017, the Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a playoff game by the score of 34-27. During this game, Marcus Allen recorded 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for a loss.
The Steeler’s will play the Miami Dolphins on January 8th, 2017.
Background on Marcus Allen
During his high school career, Marcus Allen was named Mr. Texas Football and also named the Texas Class 6A Lineman of the Year for the state of Texas. At Austin High School, Marcus was part of a highly successful team that went to the playoffs every year of his high school career. Allen was known for his dominant physical presence as a defensive end. He was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school. He chose the steelers over offers from programs like Alabama, Baylor, and Arizona.
It took Marcus 5 seasons to find a place on the Steelers’ roster. During his first 5 years, Marcus spent time on the practice squad, as well as the 53-man roster. He has only played in 9 regular season games during his career. He played in 16 games during the 2016 season, starting in 2 of those games.
Playing Career with the Steelers
After Marcus was drafted by the Steelers, he was placed on the PUP list, as he was still recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered during his last college season. He was later activated from the PUP list on November 13th, 2016. His first game as a Steeler was the next week against the Detroit Lions. In that game, he was credited with a tackle and a pass deflection.
During the 2017 season, Marcus recorded his first career sack against the Denver Broncos in week 5.
Play of the Year
In the last game of the 2017 season, Marcus had a huge impact on the game when the team was struggling with the Oakland Raiders. Marcus recorded 2 sacks, and forced two fumbles in the final 8 minutes of the game, including a strip sack that led to a fumble recovery.
Future with the Steelers
Since his first game with the team, Allen has established himself as a starting defensive end. He has been a staple in the lineup for the past two seasons and is set to continue this role in the 2017-2018 season. The combination of Allen, Bud Dupree and Anthony Chickillo will create a solid pass rush for the team.
This year, Allen will start his 4th season in the league, and according to him, he is more comfortable with the defense. Allen told ESPN that he feels the defense has improved and he is confident in the new addition of rookie James Washington to the receiving corps. Allen’s position on the team has continued to grow and so has his role.
As Allen continues to improve and develop, his role with the Steelers has the potential to continue to grow in the coming years.