The New England Patriots acquired tight end Dwayne Allen over the offseason with the hopes that he would be good compliment to Rob Gronkowski at the position. Through five games Allen hasn’t done much of anything.
“I certainly haven’t played up to my potential,” Allen said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Allen has a goose egg in receptions entering Week 6. The 6-foot-3 tight end’s only participated in 41 percent of the team’s offensive snaps this season. One positive is that his playing time did increase in last week’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Gronkowski on the mend. Allen played a season-high 50 snaps in the Week 5 victory.
Despite the uptick in playing time, Allen knows more is expected out of him.
“It’s one of those things where I go out to practice every week, and continue to prepare, and continue to improve week in and week out,” Allen added.
With Gronkowski durability a constant question mark it’s essential for Allen to shake out of his sub-mediocre start in New England.
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