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Nate Allen – March 10, 2017 Download PDF version

Friday, March 10, 2017

Safety Nate Allen

(What was your understanding from talking to the Dolphins about the role they want you in this year?) – “We didn’t really talk too much specifics right now. It was more so just getting to know everybody and the different stuff they like to do as a defense and the culture around the organization. I don’t expect anything. I’m just ready to come in and start working right away and getting to know everybody and start building that chemistry together with everybody.”

(What sold you on the Dolphins then?) – “Just being close to home – I grew up in Fort Myers – and just the direction that this organization is going. It’s headed in the right (direction). They’ve got the right people and they’re bringing in people and I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

(Can you talk about how your health is? Obviously you had that setback two years ago and then you played last year. Where are you physically right now?) – “I’m healthy. I feel good. Yes, I had that little MCL thing but that’s all good. I played all last year and I’m healthy. I feel good, no problems and I feel good to go.”

(Sometimes a knee injury takes two full years for you to feel right. Were you still hampered by it last year and is that the case that you’ve totally recovered from it?) – “I don’t think I was hampered with it last year. It was just certain things happened last year. I was just doing whatever I needed to do in Oakland. I’m 100 percent. I’m good to go. I’m healthy.”

(How would you describe yourself as a safety, your style of play?) – “I like thinking of myself as being pretty well-rounded and all-around. I feel like I have pretty good ball skills and I feel like I can tackle pretty well. I feel like I’m pretty knowledgeable about being back there at safety and I’ve been doing it for a while now. Hopefully I can bring some knowledge to the room and just help the guys out however I can. I know we’ve got a good room and a good group of guys so I’m excited to start working with them.”

(What do you think of the opportunity to play alongside S Reshad Jones?) – “It would be great to play alongside him. He’s a heck of a player. Like I’ve been telling everybody, I’ve watched him through the years. He’s a heck of a player. His play speaks for itself. We can learn from each other and I’m excited to start working with him.”

(How many teams were you talking to and what was the deciding factor with Miami aside from I guess money?) – “You obviously want to take care of certain aspects of things but I’d rather be in a more comfortable place where I’m happy and my family is happy than necessarily about the dollar signs because at this point in my career, I want to enjoy who I am playing with and enjoy the coaches I’m around and just be part of a group that has a chance to do something big. That’s what I feel like we can do here in Miami.”

(Is it fair to assume that you may have left some money on the table elsewhere to come to Miami?) – “No, not necessarily. I just like what’s going on here and like I said, I’m close to home. My family can come watch me play. There are certain things that you just can’t put a dollar sign on that appeal to me, being here in Miami.”

(Do you consider yourself a player that’s more likely to play closer to the line of scrimmage or deep?) – “I feel (I can do) both. I’m pretty comfortable in both scenarios. Throughout my career I’ve played down in the box before; I’ve played in the post. I feel like I’m pretty well-rounded and have a lot to offer.”

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