Jaguars LB Russell Allen worked his way to becoming a full-time starter

Sam Greenwood

After spending three seasons working his way up the depth chart, Allen is second on the team in tackles.

When linebacker Russell Allen wasn't drafted out of San Diego State over three seasons ago, he and his agent sat down and made a list. Specifically, a list of teams who they thought would be the best fit for Allen given the depth charts from around the league. The Jacksonville Jaguars were first on the list and, lo and behold, the Jaguars picked him up.

He started intermittently for three seasons before getting a starting linebacker job full-time this season. Allen has taken big advantage of his status thus far, racking up 108 tackles on the year, good enough for second on the team. Allen was forced to wait his turn though, as free agents like Clint Sessions were signed to play in front of him. But once he got the starting job back, he took the bull by the horns.

Allen has been a rare bright spot on an otherwise forgetful 2-11 team. They take on their in-state rival, the Miami Dolphins, on Sunday.

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