Pro Football Focus recently pointed out players from each NFL team that are either a “riser” or a “faller” during training camp and they think a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver is a “faller”.

PFF consulted Josh Tolentino of the Philadelphia Enquirer for their list and he went with wide receiver Devon Allen as an Eagles player who is trending in the wrong direction during training camp.

“He possesses world-class speed, but his feet haven’t been crisp throughout [the] execution of his route trees at multiple levels,” said Tolentino to PFF.

“Allen is a champion sprinter, but Tolentino noted that the 27-year-old wideout has shown rust in his return to football since last playing at Oregon in 2016,” added PFF writer/reporter Doug Kyed.

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Jul 29, 2022; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen (39) during training camp at NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Allen was always going to face an uphill battle to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster.

When the Eagles take the field on Friday night against the New York Jets, it will be the first game Allen’s played since September 17, 2016, when Oregon lost 35-32 to Nebraska.

There’s been some positivity, however, from the coaching staff this summer while talking about Allen, which is a good sign for the former Olympic hurdler.

“Devon’s doing a good job, he’s getting better every day, as you’d expect for a guy who hasn’t really played,” said Philadelphia wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead recently.

There’s no doubt that Allen has elite speed. And that could earn him a role on special teams or in situations where a deep ball is needed. Allen’s ability to stretch the field could be what secures him a roster spot this fall.

There’s still a lot of preseason action to go, so it’s too early to make a prediction on whether or not Allen sticks on the roster. But he’s certainly a player worth keeping an eye on over the next month.

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