Dwayne Allen Back In Indy For Colts Offseason Program

Intro: With the Colts concluding Phase Two of their offseason program this week, they are welcoming back tight end Dwayne Allen.

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INDIANAPOLIS – A 70 percent Dwayne Allen is one pretty good tight end.

What could a 100 percent Allen do over a year's work?

Allen (and Colts fans) hopes to find out this season.

In 2014, a limited Allen still caught eight touchdowns (fifth most in the NFL for tight ends) in 13 games played last season.

Heading into his fourth NFL season in 2015, Allen didn't want to take any chances pondering what ifs?

Instead, Allen headed to Arizona the past two months, training five days a week, from physical therapy to weight training specific in areas that have previously hindered the Colts young tight end.

"I felt 70 percent for the better part of (2014)," Allen said on Wednesday, upon returning from Arizona to rejoin the Colts offseason program.

"Having an offseason to really train like the offseason I had my rookie year or the offseason I had going into the second year, before I was injured, was my main focus. I'm glad I was able to get away and get that taken care of.

"It's a long season especially whenever you play into late January. My biggest focus this offseason was to get my body into a position where I can go out and have the best season for this team."

Allen's high ankle sprain from last season occurred in a mid-November matchup against the Patriots.

Prior to the injury, Allen had caught at least three balls (and seven of his eight touchdowns) in seven of the first nine contests.

When asked on Wednesday if being in a contract year played into Allen's decision to training Arizona this offseason, the tight end quickly shunned that notion.

"Not at all, not at all," Allen said.

"I play this game because I want to be the best, not because I want to be the highest paid or anything like that. With the contract looming, it is what is. Me thinking about a contract isn't going to help me play any better on the field. Me focusing on having my body in the best shape possible to go out and help the team will."

It doesn't take a genius to look at the Colts offensive numbers and see how much more successful the unit was when a healthy Allen suited up.

When the Colts embark on their final four weeks of the offseason program starting Monday, they will have one of the more unique pieces back, and healthy, to their explosive attack.

"We've all seen that Dwayne is a truckload with the ball in his hand, as well as playing without the ball," Pep Hamilton said of Allen.

"We are looking forward to having Dwayne back, and healthy, and ready to roll."

A look back at highlights from Dwayne Allen's 2014 season.

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