Dwayne Allen says he hasn’t played to his potential with Patriots

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The New England Patriots signed tight end Dwayne Allen this offense to replace Martellus Bennett and serve as a complementary option to Rob Gronkowski.

But through five games this season, Allen doesn’t have a single catch even with Gronkowski missing the Patriots last game against Tampa Bay. Allen says he’s not doing enough.

“I certainly haven’t played up to my potential,” Allen said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

Allen has played fewer than half of the Patriots’ offensive snaps so far this season and has been targeted just six times. He’s mostly been used in a blocking role as opposed to a primary receiving option.

“It’s kind of hard,” Allen said. “The role that I’m in right now, I don’t get as many passing opportunities, but that’s part of the game. You own up to your role, you embrace it, and you continue to get better. It’s all about the team winning at the end of the day,” he said.

20 responses to “Dwayne Allen says he hasn’t played to his potential with Patriots

  1. I hope this isn’t another Chad Ochocinco moment – a guy who comes in and fully takes up the Patriot Way and is liked by the team but just lacks the smarts for a complicated offense. He was seen as struggling with it through camp and somewhat in preseason and he’s already said to the Boston Herald back in Aug about the complexity “It is extremely hard, I’m not going to sugarcoat it.”

  2. When you play with a QB who can’t throw the ball past 10 yards and a coach who films practices instead instead of preparing his team, yes it gets hard to play to your potential.

  3. jstew0103 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 5:56 am
    And complaining about it is definitely going to help the situation. Colts fans were right about this dude…
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    How is he complaining? You can try to falsely cherry pick that he isn’t getting “as many” passes but that’s purely in the context of his admitting he’s struggling to pick up the offense’s scheme and his saying he needs to get better and he embraces it because it’s all about the needs of the team – that’s really the opposite of complaining about the team.

  4. His blocking has been nothing to write home about either. All those off-season acquisitions that looked so good on paper(Allen, Ealy, Gilmour, Gilleslee, Guy), haven’t really panned out great so far. Even Cooks, who’s been good, isn’t as dynamic as I thought he would be. Still early though. These guys could yet come around.

  5. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:17 am
    Remember in the off season the Pats homers thought this guy was the 2nd best TE in the league?
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    No and neither should you because no legit Pats fan did.

  6. Patience, Season is just getting started. And when you are playing with the best deep threat QB in history TE has to block a lot to buy time for receivers to get down field.

  7. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 11, 2017 at 11:11 am
    rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:17 am
    Remember in the off season the Pats homers thought this guy was the 2nd best TE in the league?
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    No and neither should you because no legit Pats fan did.
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    Ahem

    Flash1287 says:
    March 8, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    The Patriots don’t just play chess while everyone else plays checkers. They play three dimensional chess. Like Spock.

    Better for a Allen. , he wasn’t going to win with the Colts

    #5xchamps

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    overthedwaynebowe says:
    March 8, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    Allen > Bennett

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    pau49ers says:
    March 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    Bad news for Gronk

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    patswhatsup says:
    March 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    Sweetness. TB12 will be a good match for him.
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    thecape15 says:
    March 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    If he can run a good route, this guy’s numbers are going to double next year
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  8. I stopped listening after I read the name “rogergoodellmyhero”, If that doesn’t say pure troll, nothing does.

    Compared to Gronk, almost every TE looks bad.

    The Patriots owe their fans nothing and we know it, (28-3 !!), every game is a gift.

    I am just glad I grew up during the time that Tom Brady and BB where on the team.

  9. Hopefully he can catch on as the season progresses….
    Still too early to pull the plug on this guy….
    BUT, if Bill thinks the guy truly is maxed out & just doesn’t & will not “get it” he’ll be the first to send him packing & move on to the next prospect he believes will best help the team….. my guess is he will at least make it thru the season before Bill decides to keep him another year, trade him or give him his walking papers…..
    Go Pats!!!

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