ANDERSON, Ind. —
He knows he needs to improve upon his rookie season and he knows that with a new offensive coordinator in Pep Hamilton he may get more opportunities to use any additional skills he develops. Part of that improvement began in a slightly unorthodox way.
“Man, (I did) a ton of yoga," said Allen. "It was something that I was just researching and I came across an old Colts player, his name is leaving me right now, but he does a ton of yoga and also Justin Snow does yoga and recommended it to me. So man I had probably over 100 classes of yoga and it’s helped out a ton. I feel more fluid in my routes, getting in and out of my stance. It’s definitely helped calm me down a little bit.
“It’s something that’s getting around the league. A lot of the guys hear about it initially, they hear hot yoga, ‘Woo too hot for me,’ and then they understand that it’s something that’s going to help their game and helpfully prolong (careers).”
Some of the improvements are more specific to needed skills.
"What goals I do have are working on my technique, hand, hat placement, pad leverage, my run after the catch and my protecting the ball," said Allen. "Those little things that are going to help me whenever we get out of training camp, no matter what role I have, I’m going to be able to do it at a high level.”
Sometimes Allen's role was to play the fullback position and either protect Andrew Luck or help carve out a hole for the running back. This year there are true fullback on the roster. Allen has a couple of thoughts about that.
"Do I like having fullbacks here, yes," he said. "Does that mean I won't be lining up in the backfield, no." He even carried the ball three times last season so he really did have the entire fullback experience.