When it comes down to it, fifth-year linebacker Marcus Allen has come a long way from being a regular on the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad.
After being waived in his first two seasons with the team, Allen broke through during training camp in 2020 after switching to linebacker. This change would pay dividends as he earned a full-time spot on the active roster. Since that time, Allen has played in 33 games with three starts, and 496 total snaps on special teams.
His position versatility has been partly why he has been able to maintain a spot on the Steelers roster, the other being his availability, specifically during portions of the season when injuries mounted at the linebacker position and on third downs.
Even with the addition of Myles Jack in free agency and rookie Mark Robinson through this year's NFL Draft, Allen remains a vital component of the team's linebacker depth. Although he will have serious competition for his spot, it should not surprise anyone if he finds a way to make the type of impression during training camp that will put him on top.