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Christian Fauria on Not Sunday: 'I have been really disappointed in the way [Dwayne Allen has] played'

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October 11, 2017 - 10:47 am

Appearing on the Not Sunday podcast with Ryan Hannable this week, former Patriots tight end and OMF host Christian Fauria detailed his disappointment in Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen.

Through five games he doesn't have a single catch, even when Rob Gronkowski was inactive against Tampa Bay last week.

“So far I have been really disappointed in the way he’s played," Fauria said.

Allen was traded to the Patriots in the offseason from the Colts where he spent his first five seasons in the league. In those five years he caught 126 passes for 1,451 yards and 19 touchdowns.

"It is very curious because I’ve seen Dwayne Allen in college and I’ve seen him when he played with Indy, so I know he can do it," Fauria said. "I know he has the skill. I know he has the talent. Something is missing. I don’t know if he is checked out, if he’s given up, if he’s realized it’s too hard, or is it just taking longer for him to figure it out, and becuase of that Brady has kind of given up on him. Every pass that is thrown to him, it seems like something goes wrong. Whether it’s Brady throws it out of bounds, or he throws it short, throws it into double coverage. You have to make those plays. It’s both of them really.

“They don’t even have any designed plays to go to him. They don’t have a play where it’s like, ‘We’ve personally designed this for you, Dwayne, because we really appreciate all the hard work and the dedication and the work ethic during the week and on gameday. We’re going to make sure we get you some touches.’ That doesn’t even happen. That’s a problem.”

Added Fauria: “The only way to get in Brady’s good graces and really Josh McDaniels, is you have to at least make one play. One play tells them you deserve two more plays, or at least another look. It’s about building a reputation. It’s about building consistency. If you don’t do that, you’re only going to get the scraps. You are going to get the check-downs, you’re going to get the flat routes, the fourth option. You are not going to get the No. 1 read, it’s not going to happen. You are going to block, block, block and every now and then we will throw a play-action pass in there. What is that? Nine catches on the year. That is nothing. All I know is that was maybe a good opportunity for him to catch up, show that he belongs and won’t let them down and hopefully get more involved. He should be more involved."

(It is worth noting, Allen addressed his early-season struggles on Tuesday).

Also in the podcast Kirk Minihane discussed the current state of the Boston sports media and Rich Keefe looked back at the win against the Bucs and ahead to Sunday's first place battle with the Jets.

Click here to listen.

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