Arizona Cardinals Place Former Boston College DE Zach Allen On Injured Reserve
It has been a disappointing year for former Boston College rookie Zach Allen, as the Arizona Cardinals placed the defensive end on injured reserve. The third round pick season really never got going as he has been held out of games since Week 4 due to a neck injury and was limited to 144 snaps all season. He finished his rookie season with just eight tackles
The 6'3 285 pound Allen, was an elite defender while at the Heights. Allen played in 50 career games for the Eagles, including 26 starts and at 285 pounds he saw time both inside and outside in Addazio's 4-3 scheme. His career totals included 199 tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 14 pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. He also was All-ACC Second Team his senior year when he finished with 6.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and an interception. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the best pass rusher coming out of the ACC.
Coming into the draft head coach Steve Addazio had this to say “Zach is a big man and is a great athlete,” said Addazio. “He has tremendous versatility – whether it is on the edge, inside, and his ability to go from speed to power is incredible. Yet, he has the fluidity to dip and bend underneath offensive linemen in pass rush. Zach is going to play a long time in the NFL with the Cardinals.”
Allen was the first BC player drafted by the Cardinals since Joe Wolf in 1989.