Colts Dwayne Allen Training in Arizona For Offseason
According to NFL.com Ian Rapoport, Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen received permission from the team in order to train with his own trainer in Arizona rather than attend their offseason workout program:
Obviously, the Colts would probably rather have Allen train “under their own roof” and be with his teammates, but it looks like Allen is taking his offseason training seriously one way or the other. As Rapoport notes, Allen is entering a contract year as he is set to play in the final year of his rookie contract, and he’ll likely want to be in the best football shape of his career regardless.
Sep 15, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
It’s not unusual for players to want to conduct their offseason training on their own either. Former Colts running back great Edgerrin James routinely skipped voluntary offseason workouts, but showed up in training camp looking chiseled and in tip-top shape after performing his rigorous offseason training with his own trainer in Miami, Florida.
While Allen battled his fair share of injuries last season, he’s still coming off a productive season in which he 29 receptions for 395 receiving yards and a tied for team-high 8 receiving touchdowns. As one of the most complete tight ends in football due to his exceptional ability to both catch and block, Allen just needs to stay healthy for an entire season. It’s something that his offseason training could potentially help, as it relates to preventing nagging injuries.
Still, it looks as though the Colts had no problem with Allen working out on his own with a trainer. As long as he puts in the time and work, why should they?
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