It’s hard to believe that Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Corez Allen is already entering his fifth-year in the league. While the Citadel product has had a rough last two seasons that consisted of poor play and injuries, he has had moments where he’s looked like he could become one of the better cornerbacks in the league.
On this Throwback Thursday, I thought we would go back in time and look at the first two interceptions of Allen’s career that came in his second season and in the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Allen’s first career interception was a result of him reading the eyes of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who attempted to force a pass to wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who had run a fade route down the numbers. Allen easily steps in front of the poorly thrown pass for the interception while the Steelers were in Cover-3. This was the first play of the second half.
Allen’s second interception came courtesy of a nice play by former Steelers cornerback Josh Victorian and you probably remember it before even seeing the gif. On this play, Dalton’s portly thrown ball is batted back into play by Victorian and Allen manages to corral the deflection and establish possession before going out of bounds. That puck happened in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 10.
That game, which also included Allen forcing a fumble and registering seven total tackles, has been his best game to date and hopefully he can get back to that level of play in 2015 not that he’s fully healthy.