INDIANAPOLIS – In an NFL offseason that takes no months off, next up on the calendar comes team's offseason workouts.
The Colts are a little over a month away from resuming conditioning, with OTAs to follow.
For Dwayne Allen, he's had this part of the offseason schedule circled on his calendar since he was placed on injured reserve last September.
The ever anxious, and eager, Allen isn't sure the exact date when he will return to the practice field, but he loves the progress.
"I'm great. I'm actually back to 100 percent," Allen said on The Last Word on Friday night.
While Allen quickly pointed out that the 100 percent peak isn't good enough for him, his three days a week at Core Pilates, among other rehab activities, have him in the right direction for the 2014 regular season.
Allen has stayed busy this offseason, taking a lead role in DREAM Alive---a non for profit organization helping young men and women of integrity and character who are confident, skilled, and willing to serve their community.
The third-year tight end has also kept a keen eye to his cell phone "blowing up" with new teammates joining the Colts.
"I'm on Twitter all the time and I set alerts. I want to be the first to know because one of the first things I do, just like anybody else, I go and follow them and let them know, 'Welcome to the team. Glad to have you a part of it.'
For a player going through the monotonous process of trying to get back to playing shape, the excitement of seeing Grigson's moves certainly keeps Allen motivated.
"I'm focused on getting better for the season but what Ryan Grigson is doing to make our team better…of course I'm watching every tweet that goes out," Allen says with a smile.
"Everything that goes out on the NFL mobile app, I just try to stay up to date on who we have in the building and who we sign."
Last week, Allen ran into new defensive lineman Arthur Jones at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
At 6-3 and 315 pounds, Jones turned some heads in his couple of days at the Colts complex, including the 265-pound Allen.
"A big human being," Allen said of his first impression of Jones.
"Initially I thought…he's the size of Cory Redding. He looked like a Cory Redding who had drunk from the fountain of youth."
Players like Jones and the other Colts offseason additions have Allen itching to get back, and play above the level he reached during his rookie season in 2012.
"That just goes to show how bad we want to win, how we want to win now," Allen says of the additions.
"We're not afraid to invest in that. We are not afraid to go out and get guys that can help us hoist the Lombardi."