Allen did not have a reception and played just six snaps in Saturday's preseason win over Buffalo.
Allen got some work early in the first quarter, but the better gauge of his new role in the offense will be when Andrew Luck plays in a preseason game. After the Colts used two-tight end formations the past few years with Allen and Coby Fleener, Allen should be the featured tight end in the offense with Fleener departing in free agency. The Colts have said they are moving to a base offense with three receivers and one tight end, so Allen should vastly improve on his 16 receptions last season.
Both Allen and fellow Colts tight end Coby Fleener entered the offseason as unrestricted free agents, but Allen was the first, and perhaps only, one to come to terms. Considering the contract includes $12 million for the first year and $5 million more for the second, Allen appears to have won the long-term battle of 2012 draft picks, though Fleener could also re-up on a lesser deal. In any case, Allen will look to harken back to the 2014 season, when he gathered in 29 of 50 passes for 395 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games.
Dwayne Allen (calf) has been placed on IR by the Indianapolis Colts .
In a corresponding move, the Colts promoted fellow tight end Erik Swoope to their 53-man roster, while Allen's disappointing 2015 campaign concludes with a modest total of 16 catches for 109 yards and one TD in 13 games.
Dwayne Allen pulled in his lone target of the game for a six-yard reception in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
After recording more targets than his counterpart, Coby Fleener, for just the second time of the season in Week 12's victory over Tampa Bay, Allen returned to the role of Robin on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Allen wasn't a prolific receiver in 2014 either, never hauling in more than four passes in a game, but he remained a fantasy threat by posting eight touchdowns. Allen hasn't found the end zone since Week 1 of this season, thus eliminating his fantasy value.
Allen has been a nonfactor in the Indy passing game most of the season, but the four targets are the second most he's had in a game this year.
|P4||9/1/16||@ CIN||7:30 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|6||10/16/16||@ HOU||8:30 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/5/16||@ NYJ||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|