Dwayne Allen may finally get his chance to shine for Patriots

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The Patriots will have neither Rob Gronkowski nor Martellus Bennett to play tight end on Monday night against the Dolphins. Which means that Dwayne Allen will get his chance to become the team’s top option.

But Allen has only five catches for 40 yards in 12 games this season. And his first reception didn’t happen until Week 10.

Coach Bill Belichick still has faith in Allen.

“Dwayne works hard,” Belichick told reporters on Wednesday. “He does whatever we ask him to do. He works very hard at it, whatever his role is. His role in the Tampa game was different than the role before or however it turns out. Sometimes we’re in more three-receiver sets, sometimes it’s more two-receiver sets, sometimes it’s a fullback, sometimes it’s a fullback and two tight ends, sometimes it’s two tight ends. He’s ready to go and always prepared and always works hard at his job, tries to get it right. We all make mistakes. We all correct them and try to do them better the next time. He’s embraced that.”

The question is whether the game plan for Monday night will embrace Allen’s default role as the No. 1 tight end.

26 responses to “Dwayne Allen may finally get his chance to shine for Patriots

  1. He, Dorsett and Develin should have key plays in the game on Sunday. All small pieces, but under-used by Brady/McDaniels when the game is unfolding.

    Gronk is a luxury and a binky, but they can play the game in other ways.

  2. So far Allen has not come close to living up to his 2017 compensation ($2.5 million salary + $2 million roster bonus due in March + $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses). Those 5 catches sure are expensive.

  3. Allen’s blocking has shined, on a mic’d up segment you can hear Belichick praising it into his headset and singling him out for an attaboy when he was coming of the field. He’s become such an integral part of the blocking schemes they may find it difficult to release him from those assignments. This game may finally see a big dose of Dorsett if Hogan is still out.

  4. bobthebillsfan says:
    December 6, 2017 at 11:50 am
    So far Allen has not come close to living up to his 2017 compensation ($2.5 million salary + $2 million roster bonus due in March + $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses). Those 5 catches sure are expensive.

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    Very true except there are some facts that you need to know:

    1. Brady has a bit of a Binky Addiction problem, where he prefers targeting the better players. This makes sense, but it’s also caused SB loses, other losses in the regular season, usually early in the year trying to break in new players, and it’s cost them playoff games as well. Since BB drafted Garoppolo and Brady woke up in the postseason of 2014, his staring down his binkies over and over in the shotgun spread, 50+ times a game, has been reduced. FINALLY.

    2. If Dewayne Allen’s contract impinged my team’s cap health, I would be annoyed. But, guess what? It doesn’t.

    As a Bills fan, you have quite a nerve commenting in that fashion, as BB has pulled the wool over your eyes as GM and Coach for over 15 years. Chris Hogan says hello, as does Eric Lee, and Marcel Dareus is down in Jax now collecting his Buffalo money after being the #3 overall draft pick in 2011 and a downright BUST your team wouldn’t admit to.

    Have a nice day!

  5. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 6, 2017 at 11:54 am
    Allen’s blocking has shined, on a mic’d up segment you can hear Belichick praising it into his headset and singling him out for an attaboy when he was coming of the field. He’s become such an integral part of the blocking schemes they may find it difficult to release him from those assignments. This game may finally see a big dose of Dorsett if Hogan is still out.

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    Agreed. If he’s Daniel Graham, I am good with it. We’ll need that in the postseason at some point.

    I actually LIKE the idea we have that and Develin, two key phsyical pieces we did not have in 2007 or even 2011, in both postseasons and SBs. It’s one of the very few things I’ve disagreed with BB on through the years. Sure, you have Tom Brady, but ignoring plays in your playbooks that are of the old school variety, was a mistake.

    Also, I wonder if Will Tye might come off the PS. From what I can gather, they are working with him with the intent to possibly use him in games.

  6. I’d rather see a guy like Belichick miss on a guy like this while being PROactive with personnel rather than the Ted Thompson model which fails abysmally if you draft poorly.

  7. BB himself could look great @ TE against the Dolphin D. Might as well put Matt Patricia out there to play, seeing as he isn’t coaching an NFL defense or anything close to it

  8. I wonder how Hoyer will do after Suh gets his free shot at Brady after being held several times: ala Gronkowski?

  9. Brady has a binky addiction? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the commentators praise him for throwing to 7-10 different receivers in the game.

    At any various point when these guys are healthy any one of them can go for 100 yards and 7-10 receptions:

    Gronk, Hogan, Amendola, Cooks, White, Lewis, etc.

    Trust me, Allen has NOT lived up to his potential. Maybe he’s blocking well, that’s great and I hope he is….but in regards to pass catching, I’ve personally watched him drop 2 TD’s and otherwise just be nonexistent in the game. He was one of my fantasy sleepers this year, I thought he was going to continue the tradition of the #2 TE in NE after Hernandez and then Bennett before he went to GB….but he’s far far from it.

  10. “Gronk is a luxury and a binky, but they can play the game in other ways.”

    I wouldn’t call Gronk a binky, in that system “insert Patriots QB name here” will always find the open man and make said QB look better than he really is. Even Brady has come out and admitted that his success is due to the system, even though their fans don’t’ want to admit it.

  11. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    December 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    BB himself could look great @ TE against the Dolphin D. Might as well put Matt Patricia out there to play, seeing as he isn’t coaching an NFL defense or anything close to it
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    I’m not saying you aren’t an expert, but after a slow start, the Patriots are now ranked 9th in points allowed in the league, haven’t given up more than 17 in a game since week 4 and are 10-2.

  12. Dwayne Allen may finally get his chance to shine for Patriots
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    …..or he may just reinforce the fact that he is an ex-colt.

    I’ve gotta’ say, I am not a big fan. Looking forward to him not being a Patriot any more.

    I hope he makes me look stupid for saying this, by having a huge game while we are Gronkless in Miami.

  13. walker1191 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    December 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    BB himself could look great @ TE against the Dolphin D. Might as well put Matt Patricia out there to play, seeing as he isn’t coaching an NFL defense or anything close to it
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    I’m not saying you aren’t an expert, but after a slow start, the Patriots are now ranked 9th in points allowed in the league, haven’t given up more than 17 in a game since week 4 and are 10-2.

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    Yes, but TWO MONTHS AGO they gave over 30 to Carolina at home!

    That somehow magically matters more! lmao

  14. aarons444 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    I’d rather see a guy like Belichick miss on a guy like this while being PROactive with personnel rather than the Ted Thompson model which fails abysmally if you draft poorly.

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    Exactly. And, when he misses a bit, the ROI issue isn’t really even a factor. It’s never, ever put the team into a cap hell with too much dead money or bloated contracts.

    Even if Allen is under-performing, there are only so many balls that can go around, too. How many weapons does the GOAT need?

  15. . How many weapons does the GOAT need?

    ****

    Some as we saw in 2013 and to a lesser extent in 2015 with no vertical threat the offense dries up

  16. Yep, Tom won’t use him much and will lull the Miami DBs into thinking that and then late in the third or early 4th quarter BAM! – seam route for 25-30 yds AND A FIRST DOWN!

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