Lions add running back Anthony Allen to the den

 

 
 
 
 
Then-Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Anthony Allen is congratulated by teammates for his game-winning touchdown during the Labour Day Classic game held at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask., on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014.
 

Then-Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Anthony Allen is congratulated by teammates for his game-winning touchdown during the Labour Day Classic game held at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask., on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

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VANCOUVER — The power running game, as old as football itself, is gospel again for the B.C. Lions.

Having physical force at the point of attack is the strategy going forward for the Canadian Football League team, with the departure of tailback Andrew Harris to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in free agency.

Anthony Allen, a six-foot-one, 220-pound power back who spent the past two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, is the latest candidate to join the Lions in a week in which B.C. has signed four running backs and extended a fifth, returner/running back Chris Rainey.

Allen's signing Thursday came a day after the Lions announced the arrival of Jeremiah Johnson, a punishing runner who scored nine rushing touchdowns for the Ottawa Redblacks in 2015. They'll join Mikel Leshoure and Sam Ojuri among an increasingly crowded field of candidates.

"Fortunately, for us, we have some quicker scatbacks in Rainey and (Shaquille) Murray-Lawrence," said Lions GM Wally Buono. "Now, we've been fortunate to secure two good-sized physical backs who run inside, take the pounding and get positive yards. We need an every-down back, and Jeremiah or Anthony Allen or one of the other free agents we signed can give us that."

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Then-Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Anthony Allen is congratulated by teammates for his game-winning touchdown during the Labour Day Classic game held at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask., on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014.
 

Then-Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Anthony Allen is congratulated by teammates for his game-winning touchdown during the Labour Day Classic game held at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask., on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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