Rookie tight end Dwayne Allen couldn’t have written a better script for the beginning of his NFL career. After a prolific career at Clemson University, Allen was drafted in the third round by the Indianapolis Colts, putting him (along with fellow draftee Coby Fleener) in the tight-end friendly offensive scheme of new Colts offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians.
“It’s a great time to be a tight end coming into a Bruce Arians offense,” Allen told reporters after practice Sunday.
Allen certainly looks the part of an NFL tight end. His chiseled 6’4″ 255 pound frame is tailor-made for the physical blocking responsibilities he’ll have, but he also has the speed and hands that enabled him to catch 50 passes (8 for touchdowns) last season at Clemson on his way to winning the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.
“Coach Arians is doing a great job of utilizing my talents, using me in the run game, using me in pass protection, but also letting me get out and catch some balls to show my versatility.”
Allen also said he was quite honored to be playing for the Colts organization (which was also John Mackey’s team) and that he has been overwhelmed by the “welcoming people in Indianapolis and Anderson” he’s met so far.
Even though Allen is one of many new faces on the Colts roster and is partnering at tight end Coby Fleener, he said fans will quickly get to know him by his motto.
“The one motto I live by is ‘NBD’: Never Be Denied. That’s not only for me, but for the fans. They’ll see it around me all the time… I’m never going to be denied a yard, never going to be denied anything.”
One undeniable characteristic that jumps out after spending a few moments with Dwayne Allen is his tremendous knowledge of the game. He just doesn’t sound like a rookie tight end fresh off a college campus. During our time together, Allen offered analysis of various defensive schemes he’ll be facing this season that sounded more like something Chuck Pagano or Greg Manusky might offer than a tight end.
It’s clear Dwayne Allen does his homework. That combined with his immense physical talents and tenacious attitude should make him a favorite with Colts’ fans very quickly.
Chuck Chapman is entering his second season as the editor and lead writer for Colts 101. He also covered the Cincinnati Bengals for the Sports Media 101. Chuck and his family are originally from Ohio, but have settled in Central Indiana and become big Colts fans. You can read Chuck’s other writing about the Colts at www.colts101.com.
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