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Patriots TE Dwayne Allen wants bigger role in 2018

Ryan Hannable
May 15, 2018 - 10:06 am

Dwayne Allen's first season in New England probably didn't go the way he had hoped.

After being traded from the Colts last offseason, the tight end finished with 10 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown despite playing in all 16 games. He seemed to struggle at times with being on the same page as Tom Brady.

Last weekend, Allen returned home to Fayetteville, North Carolina to conduct a youth football camp and spoke to the Fayetteville Observer. The tight end is looking to have a big spring to prove to his teammates and coaches he can be trusted.

“The spring is the time to show the coaches if you want a bigger role or if you want to contribute in a different way,″ Allen said. “Our OTAs coming up are very competitive practices. The first phase of that is showing you understand the playbook. We work out on the field, but aren’t able to compete against the defense. But you can still show your knowledge of the playbook.

“Then, when you get to the next phase of OTAs, where 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills are permitted, you can show the coaches, ‘Hey, I’ve gotten better and this is what I can do.’ It’s a time when you build that trust with the coaches who will dictate your role on the team.″

Despite his lack of production last season, Allen was a player who the coaches and teammates respected for his work ethic, as even though he wasn't producing it didn't stop him from working each and every day.

“I want to continue to earn the trust of my teammates and coaches,″ he said.

The current tight end depth chart has Rob Gronkowski, Allen, Jacob Hollister, Will Tye, Troy Niklas, and rookies Ryan Izzo and Shane Wimann. While there will be competition, Allen has a good chance to not only earn a roster spot, but be in a position to make more of an impact then he did a year ago.

“I have enough to be motivated by, but as a competitor you see it as a challenge,″ Allen said. “I know I have to keep getting better each week. I have to put in the work to earn the right to change my role on this team.″

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