Tight end Dwayne Allen joined ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday evening for the Pagano Show.
Below are some highlights from Allen’s interview:
On what it was like to fulfill his dream of playing in a NFL game:
“It was very exciting starting with the National Anthem and just hearing the crowd roar. It was quite an experience being on the road, facing that caliber of defense. They definitely played lights out and put us in tough situations. It’s definitely a first experience I’ll remember, build and learn from.”
On one thing that stood out to him as a surprise from his first NFL game:
“The physicality of the linebackers. I knew they were going to be physical in the run game but they were in the passing game (too). Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher and (Nick) Roach, and the rest of the those guys did a great job of getting their hands onto us. That’s just one thing I need to go back to practice and work out, getting releases in order to get open and create lanes for Andrew (Luck) to throw the ball.”
On some of the positives he saw out of the Colts on offense against Chicago:
-“There’s no quit in us. It doesn’t matter what the score is and I believe we showed that with the one two-minute drive right before the half to get into field goal range. In the second half, we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. It’s just the little things. We are a young team and we had a couple mistakes turning the ball over, not making some tough catches on third downs to move the sticks and keep a drive going. It’s little things like that that we need to correct and build on, and learn from our mistakes.
On where that no-quit mantra comes from:
-“The credit needs to go to the coaching staff. The players of course do a great job of being self-motivated. We’re professional athletes and we have to be. We have great coaches on this staff who do a great job of keeping us in the game, letting us know that we are never out of it.”
On if he believes the games will now get easier now that he has experienced an NFL game:
-“I don’t believe it’ll get easier. I want to heighten it up. The tempo and speed of the game in practice last week was great but we need to take it up a notch because we have that experience of a game and we know what it’s going to be like. The harder you work in practice, the easier it will be in the game. It’s going to take a tough week of practice because Minnesota is coming off a win. We just have to execute, convert on third downs especially when the opportunities are given to us. We have to stay on the field and help our defense out.”
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