In talking to reporters following Atlanta’s Week 3 loss in Indianapolis, safety Ricardo Allen was not too pleased about a flag he picked up for hitting a defenseless receiver in the first quarter.
The play in question was a 26-yard reception by T.Y. Hilton on Indianapolis’ second drive of the game. Hilton made a nice adjustment and caught the ball at Atlanta’s 47-yard-line before he was hit by Allen, who was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty which tacked on 15 extra yards. The Colts ended up scoring a touchdown later in the drive to take a 10-0 lead.
One thing Ricardo Allen said about that defenseless hit penalty he got yesterday: “A defenseless player can’t look at me and make a move. A defenseless player can’t catch a ball, make somebody miss, and then look at me. That’s a f* running back at that time. It is what it is.’’— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 23, 2019
It was an emotional game for the Falcons, who were flagged for 16 penalties throughout the afternoon and who lost star safety Keanu Neal to a season-ending Achilles injury. The frustration was evident, and it seems to have seeped into Allen’s Monday meeting with the media.
Here you will find the controversial play:
TY Hilton reels this one in after getting SMOKED pic.twitter.com/iovY31HcM4— DailySportsDosage (@OfficalDSD) September 22, 2019
Is this an unnecessary roughness penalty? You be the judge.