Nate Allen reported to training camp at Lehigh Wednesday, after spending almost all of the off-season rehabbing in Florida, and reported that his right knee is 90-95 recovered.
The Eagles free safety said that he expected his coaches to hold him out for the early part of camp, but that he anticipates being ready for the start of the season.
Allen tore his patellar tendon in a season-ending injury last December against the New York Giants. He started every game up until that point as a rookie. The Eagles are expecting a lot out of Allen in his second season. With Quintin Mikell off to the Rams, Allen will be the senior starting safety.
Allen said that he welcomes taking more of a leadership role in the Eagles' defensive secondary.
The Eagles expended a second round draft pick on another safety when they drafted Jaiquawn Jarrett in April's draft. Jarrett's a long shot to be able to start by the opener. Kurt Coleman and Marlin Jackson will likely also compete for the strong safety spot.