We are all reminded on a daily basis that Santonio Holmes will miss the first four games of the 2010 season. This is usually followed closely with the expression "we'll need Clowney to step up" or "this is Clowney's big chance".
However does it have to be David Clowney? is it David Clowney or bust? We obviously have Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, but when we move to three wide receiver sets, why is that 3rd wide receiver automatically David Clowney. He's done some great things in pre-season but in actual game time he hasn't done a great deal.
I know Clowney has become a fan favorite along the way but I think we should be looking more at Aundrae Allison.
During the 2009 pre-season, Allison tore his ACL which sidelined him for the entire 2009 season. However before this, he was enjoying quite a bit of praise from Rex Ryan, as we reported at the time here. That is just one example of positive praise that came Allison's way.
After getting drafted by the Vikings in 2005 out of East Carolina he struggled to hold down a receiving role. Although he was still making plays as a kick returner, Including a 104 yard return TD against the Detroit Lions in 2007. He was a highly thought of college wide receiver, a Fred Biletnikoff award candidate and voted C-USA's most dangerous deep threat.
He has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but if he is healthy coming into camp and right now it seems he is. Why are we not giving him a sniff of some game time through the first 4 weeks of the season. From what I have seen of him, he looks like he could do a job if he can stay healthy.
We have kept him on IR throughout the 2009 season, and if he impresses Rex this off-season as much as he did last off-season then who's to say he will not jump ahead of David Clowney. Scouts who looked at Allison coming out of East Carolina agreed that he would need time to adapt his game to the NFL level
If I were a betting man, I wouldn't put it past Allison to be the one given the nod if he can stay healthy.