The Philadelphia Eagles have been putting in work this offseason with trades, free agents signing, player improvements, etc. But they may have added the fastest man in the NFL on their team.
Over this past weekend the Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Devon Allen won the 110-meter hurdles at the USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sunday, finishing with a time of 12.84 seconds — the third-fastest time in history.
He was just four-hundredths of a second off the world record (12.80), set by Aries Merritt in 2012 at a Diamond League event in Brussels, Belgium.
“I thought I could break the record today,” Allen told reporters after the race, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Clean up a few things, and four-hundredths of a second is four-thousandths of a second per hurdle, which is so small. Going to have to wait for another race.” Allen finished fourth last year (13.21) and fifth in 2016 (13.31) in the 110-meter hurdles at the past two Olympics.
The 27-year-old Allen, a former Oregon wideout, signed a three-year contract with the Eagles in April. He hasn’t played football since 2016, when he was with the Ducks. Allen caught the attention of scouts at Oregon’s pro day in April when he ran an unofficial 4.35-second 40-yard dash.
If Allen can put his speed to good use with the Eagles, then this already good Eagles wide receiving core just got a whole lot better. With speed like that will be something the Eagles haven’t seen since Desean Jackson. So hopefully Allen can put it all together and the Eagles will have a special season like some of us think they will have.