Dwayne Allen isn’t used to losing.
When Allen entered the NFL in April he was coming off a 10-win season and an Orange Bowl appearance with the Clemson Tigers.
That the Colts are currently 9-4 and a game away from the playoffs doesn’t impact Allen’s joy of simply playing in the NFL. No matter the wins and losses, it’s the opportunity to play at the highest level that has the rookie tight end always smiling.
“I guess it’s exciting but I just like playing football. To be honest with you, the idea of me being in the NFL still hasn’t hit me,” Allen said “That’s probably why I’m not as excited as the other guys. They tell me all the time how hard it is to win in this league and how I should be excited right now, but I’m too busy worrying about what I did wrong and what I need to do better in the next game.”
In his rookie campaign, Allen has 37 catches for 446 yards and is a vital cog for a Colts offense that will be facing a Texans defense this weekend that leads the league on third down and has helped Houston to a +14 turnover differential.
The Colts are 3-3 on the road this season and Allen made it pretty clear what needs to happen if they want a winning record away from home at the end of the year.
“That’s been one of our problems on the road is holding onto the ball and giving it up to the opposition,” Allen said. “It’s going to be important for us to run the ball because in those games where we’ve had those turnovers, it’s been because we got behind and we’ve had to throw the ball a little bit more than we’d like to. If we get into a nice running groove, which we should, hopefully the ball won’t go up in the air as much or more than it needs to.”
When Allen joined the Colts back in late April he was quickly introduced to his teammates before realizing that life in the NFL begins with the same goal for every team.
The only guarantee in playing in the postseason begins with winning your division and it’s something that was talked about frequently leading up to the season.
“All the time. It’s one of our goals,” Allen said of the talk of winning the AFC South.
“The way that things happened, we are back in position and that’s our goal to win our division. Then it goes win the AFC and then win it all. But it starts with winning the division, and we have an opportunity this weekend so let’s go out and capture our first goal.”
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