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Brandon Allen using therapy to increase hand measurement


INDIANAPOLIS -- The importance of hand size for quarterbacks, at least where the business of NFL scouting is concerned, isn't lost on Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, and at the Reese's Senior Bowl he came up short of NFL standards with a measurement of 8 1/2 inches.

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An easy assumption would be that nothing could be done.

Allen, however, wouldn't accept that.

Through massage therapy at his training facility in Boca Raton, Fla., Allen has been undergoing massage therapy to increase his hand size. The result: a measurement of 8 7/8 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine, an increase of three-eighths of an inch in roughly a month.

"I think I had five sessions between the Senior Bowl and (the combine), and I've done a lot of stretching on my own, too," Allen said.

Believe it or not, Allen's efforts to increase his hand size aren't groundbreaking. He said Jameis Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' No. 1 overall pick last year, underwent the same therapy at the same facility as a draft prospect. Allen said he hasn't noticed a difference in throwing the ball, but the improved measurement has convinced him to continue with the therapy.

"The therapist thinks we can get it to nine-plus," Allen said. "That's what I'm shooting for by pro day. I'm going to keep doing it."

The measurement is taken from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinky finger, with fingers spread apart. Allen said the therapy has loosened the muscles in the hand, particularly in the webbed area between the thumb and index finger, to allow for a larger spread of his fingers.

Scouts might call his hands small, but none can say he's not resourceful.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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