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Detroit Lions reportedly interested in Eagles DT Beau Allen

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The Lions have finally shown some interest in a defensive lineman.

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Up until now, the Detroit Lions have mostly been linked to running backs and cornerbacks in free agency. However, late Monday evening they have finally been rumored to be interested in a defensive lineman.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Lions are pursuing Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen:

Allen is a seventh-round pick out of Wisconsin from the 2014 NFL Draft. With the Eagles, Allen has seen a healthy amount of playing time as a rotational piece over the past three seasons. Here’s a look at his statline since 2015:

2015: 16 games (2 starts): 28 tackles, 2 passes defended
2016: 16 games (3 starts): 29 tackles, 0.5 sacks
2017: 15 games (3 starts): 20 tackles, 1.0 sacks

At 6-foot-3, 327 pounds, Allen is most comfortable as a 1 or 3-tech defensive/nose tackle. He’s much more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher. Though it appears the Eagles are moving on from Allen (partially because of their salary cap issues right now), he deserves credit for carving out a role for himself in Philadelphia after a big scheme change when Jim Schwartz came to town in 2016. If anything, Allen found a bigger role under Schwartz, even though his body type is more sculpted towards a 3-4 nose tackle role.

Allen wouldn’t be a huge splash for the Lions, but he represents a versatile option for Matt Patricia to play with, and as Allen would say himself, he’s elephantastic.