INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts signed tight end Chase Coffman to their active roster. Coffman, has played in 37 career NFL games in earning starts in three of them. But, this isn’t the first time Coffman has been on this team. He was signed in late July, as he caught eight balls in nine targets during the preseason.
The Colts originally kept Coffman on the 53-man roster following final roster cuts, but to the secondary forced the Colts to have to cut him.
With all that being said, what does this signing mean to not just the Colts’ offense, but what does this mean to Dwayne Allen’s availability moving forward?
First off, it means Allen’s status for Sunday’s game is in question. Allen, injured his ankle during Sunday night’s game against the Houston Texans as the team is awaiting the status of his MRI before saying if he will be able to play or not. The ankle of the former Clemson player was rolled up while trying to block Jadeveon Clowney on the fifth play of the game last weekend.
With bringing in Coffman, it means that Allen is likely out at least this weekend and possibly even further. With two more games before the bye after this Sunday, it may mean that Allen won’t return until the Nov. 20 game at home against the Tennessee Titans giving him four weeks to heal and only missing three games in the process.
After playing a full 16 games in his rookie year in 2012, Allen has had injury issues every year since. He only played one game in 2013 and only 13 of the 16 games in 2014 and gain in 2015. Now, he will likely miss at least one game, possibly more too, which would be his fourth year in five tries he’s been injured.
So, what does this now mean to the Colts’ offense?
It means Jack Doyle is the lead tight end and Coffman will likely be his backup. It also means Erik Swoope may be used to be a blocker filling in Allen’s role as Doyle has struggle when he was forced to stay on the line and help block.
The Colts need to replace Allen’s blocking and his catching too as he had 18 catches for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns through six games.
Doyle, has 20 catches for 204 yards and three touchdowns while Swoope played 40 snaps on Sunday, making his first NFL catch in what was by far the most playing time of his career. He finished Sunday with two grabs for 42 yards.
Eric Smith is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report covering Racing. He’s covered both IndyCar and NASCAR action since 2009 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by both the IndyCar Series and all three divisions of NASCAR racing.
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