Promising tight end Dwayne Allen missed virtually all of 2013 after suffering a hip injury in September that required surgery. Allen has put the final touches on a six-month rehab process and has declared himself ready to begin preparation for a new season with teammates.
"I'm great. I'm actually back to 100 percent," Allen told WFNI-AM in Indianapolis last Friday (via the Colts' official website).
What will the Colts' offense look like with Allen back in the mix? Expect plenty of two tight-end sets with Allen and Coby Fleener, with Allen adding some much-welcomed physicality as a blocker and run-after-catch performer.
Our own Chris Wesseling predicted last summer that Allen was in position to emerge as a Pro Bowl-level player on a promising offense led by Andrew Luck. If Allen truly is back to his old self, there's no reason to doubt his ascendence to star status is coming -- just one year later than expected.