The Colts were hoping for big things out of Dwayne Allen in 2013.
Unfortunately for the organization and the young tight end, Allen sustained an early-season injury that cost him the majority of his second NFL season. But now that he's back in the fold in year two of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's system, Allen could shine in what appears to be a loaded offense.
Tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts told the Colts' official website that Allen's return is like having a new piece to the puzzle to work with.
"Getting him back is like getting a brand new player," Roberts said. "[Allen] gives you a chance to do some other things. His skillset allows us to protect it up, or throw it or run it when we see the advantage. He gives us an advantage because he can do some things in the backfield, do some things in-line where Coby [Fleener] we feel like has blossomed as an outside guy. It gives you a little more of a chance to be creative."
Allen has been able to participate in the Colts' offseason program, which should benefit the franchise. All signs point to Hamilton continuing to opening up the offense after beginning last year run-heavy. If that trend does continue, Hamilton, along with the other Colts' receiving targets, could be in for a big year in Andrew Luck's third season as an NFL quarterback.
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