Dwayne Allen, age 27
New England acquired Dwayne Allen and a 2017 sixth-round draft choice from Indianapolis in exchange for the Pats’ 2017 fourth-round pick.
He initially entered the pros as a third round selection by the Colts in the 2012 draft.
In five seasons with Indianapolis, Allen posted 126 catches, 1,451 yards, and nineteen touchdowns. He had 13 catches for 122 yards in four games against the Patriots, including the playoffs.
When asked about his blocking skills in a conference call this March, Allen replied:
"“I want to be not only the best blocking tight end, but I want to be the best blocker on my team.”"
Rob Gronkowski’s back injury could limit his ability as a blocker. Expect Allen to be utilized as a blocking tight end while Gronk wreaks havoc as a receiving threat.
Allen is entering the second year of the four-year contract he signed with the Colts. The Patriots can opt out of the contract after the 2017 season if they choose to do so.
Like Gronkowski, Allen comes to New England with a plethora of injuries. If the two tight ends are going to play the entire year, it’ll be the Patriots’ job to manage their wear and tear.