Dwayne Allen got a few strange looks from teammates when he told them what was in store for his offseason.
“A lot of the guys hear about it initially, they hear hot yoga, ‘Whoa too hot for me,’ and then they understand that it’s something that’s going to help their game and hopefully prolong it,” Allen says.
The next progression for Allen was to improve his flexibility so the tight end got into contact with former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson.
“It was something that I was just researching and I came across (Jackson). He does a ton of yoga and also Justin Snow does yoga and recommended it to me,” Allen said.
“I had probably over 100 classes of yoga and it’s helped out a ton. I feel more fluid in my routes, getting in and out of my stance. It’s definitely helped calm me down a little bit.”
Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts has taken notice of Allen’s offseason regiment and is pleased with the results.
“Dwayne has really done a nice job on working on himself in the offseason and I say that as far as his body, doing some flexibility stuff,” Roberts said. “He identified what he wants to get better in and he’s done a nice job with that.”
With the Colts heading into week two of the 2013 training camp, Allen looks very similar to the consistent, reliable target of last season.
New Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is getting his first look at Allen, and the tight end friendly coach is enjoying watching No. 83 operate.
“Dwayne is a horseshoe guy,” Hamilton said. “He’s physical at the point of attack but at the same time he has the potential to be an explosive playmaker.”
“He is a leader on our offense. He has a no-nonsense mentality on the football field so we are excited about Dwayne and what he can offer our offense this season.”
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