The Washington Commanders will open training camp at the end of the month with most of the starting positions spoken for but don’t tell Kazmeir Allen that. The undrafted free agent WR/RB/KR/PR looks to make his name known early and often.
While the starting spots on offense and defense are filled, and in a lot of cases, already with capable backups that will be battling it out in camp. The special teams unit has been in search of a return man for ages now. When you see Allen’s film, you’re gonna wonder two things. 1) why no one drafted him, and 2) Can Dax Milne beat him out in camp? Obviously, only time can tell on Milne, but let’s face it, Milne is simply just another guy (J.A.G.) on the field as a returner, while Allen has all the tools to light things up in the blink of an eye.
Undrafted UCLA product Kazmeir Allen, who was a part of Commanders minicamp this past weekend, wore No. 10 while in high school for the then Tulare Union Redskins (they’re now the Tribe) pic.twitter.com/6wAjUElvdo— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) May 15, 2023
Could Kazmeir Allen Sneak on the Final 53?
The film review video should have popped up at the top of the screen (where the picture would normally be, if it does NOT, just click one of the many links titled video in this article) when the article first opened up. Below is a summary (via chatGPT) from the Watchin’ Film With Phil episode, where I talked directly about Kazmeir Allen and the skill set he brings.
The video is an analysis of Kashmir Allen, a running back/wide receiver from UCLA, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Commanders. The host (Philip Hughes) discusses Allen’s performance in college, his potential in the NFL, and how he might fit into the Commanders’ system.
Key points from the video:
- Background: Kashmir Allen was one of Chip Kelly’s first recruits at UCLA. In high school, he had 6,276 rushing yards, 1,603 receiving yards, and 121 total touchdowns. He was also the California high school champion in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.44 seconds in 2018.
- College Performance: Despite his impressive high school stats, Allen had a somewhat disappointing college career, with only 1,312 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns in 36 games for the Bruins.
- Versatility: The commentator highlights Allen’s versatility, showing clips of him running the ball, catching passes in the flat and over the middle, and returning kicks. He is described as having a scat-back mentality and big-play ability.
- Speed: Allen’s speed is a major asset. He has good breakaway speed and can be a home-run hitter in the open field. However, his 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day was slower than expected, which may have contributed to him going undrafted.
- Potential in the NFL: The host (Philip Hughes) believes that Allen could be a valuable weapon for the Commanders, particularly in Eric Bieniemy’s system. He could provide a spark on special teams as a kick returner, a position the Commanders have been looking to fill. He could also be used as a scat back or slot receiver on offense.
- Challenges: Given the depth of the Commanders’ running back and wide receiver rooms, Allen will likely have to make the team as a special teams player or sneak onto the back end of the 53-man roster. There’s also a possibility he could end up on the practice squad.