Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen has a long list of quarterbacks he’s sacked over his 12-year career. The Colts’ Andrew Luck isn’t on it.
Allen, then with Minnesota, faced Luck in 2012 during Luck’s second NFL game. Allen said he twice narrowly missed Luck, who passed for 224 yards in the Colts’ 23-20 victory.
Allen came up empty going after Luck, but came away impressed with the strength and agility of the 6-4, 240-pound quarterback.
“He’s big. He’s got good lower-body strength and honestly when you hit him it’s very reminiscent of (Ben) Roethlisberger,” Allen said. “He’s big, strong ... and he’s faster than you think, too. From that standpoint, he’s tough.”
Allen, No. 9 all-time with 135 sacks, had his first sack as a Panther when he took down the Eagles’ Sam Bradford in the fourth quarter last week. Allen appeared to get another sack on Bradford but it was credited to defensive tackle Kawann Short, who knocked the ball loose on the play.
The Panthers checked with Elias Sports Bureau, which confirmed the official scoring. In Elias’ view, Bradford would have been able to throw the ball away had it not been for Short.
Allen hoped he and Short might each get a half-sack on the play, but said he’s more focused on the Colts.
“That’s something you laugh and joke about afterward,” Allen said. “The good thing is you got (Bradford) on the ground.”