Morning sports update: Dwayne Allen admits he hasn’t played up to his potential

Friday, 13 October 2017, 08:16:45 AM. The U.S.

The U.S. men’s national team lost to Trinidad & Tobago and was eliminated from World Cup contention, while the Red Sox cleaned out their lockers on Tuesday.

Dwayne Allen admits he hasn’t played up to his potential: The tight end has had a rather disappointing start to the season, headlined by his zero receptions to date. Allen recorded 406 receiving yards on 35 catches and six touchdowns for Indianapolis last year.

“I certainly haven’t played up to my potential,” the 27-year-old told reporters on Tuesday.

“It’s kind of hard,” he continued. “The role that I’m in right now, I don’t get as many passing opportunities, but that’s part of the game. You own up to your role, you embrace it, and you continue to get better. It’s all about the team winning at the end of the day.”

The former Colt also noted the importance of player chemistry: “The non-verbal communication between quarterback and receivers, certain things Tom [Brady] expects, when you’re not able to execute those things, you’re not out there as much.”

His low numbers won’t be discouraging him from continuing to put in work in practice, however.

“It’s one of those things where I go out to practice every week, and continue to prepare, and continue to improve week in and week out,” Allen said.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels echoed this sentiment in a conference call on Monday, adding that Allen is not the only one who’s in this type of situation.

“Dwayne’s learning and adapting to our system and what we do each week. He’s only played five games in our offense and continuing to work hard to try to get better,” McDaniels said. “There’s a lot of guys that I would say you’d put in that same group, and they’re still learning and processing how we do things and what we do.”

“We’re working hard and he’s working hard and we’re trying to get better.”

Dustin Pedroia contemplates surgery, and his future: Pedroia said after Monday’s season-ending loss that he would be examined Tuesday to figure out a proper course of action, including whether knee surgery might be necessary. That said, the potential procedure sounds like one that could affect his availability in 2018.

“I’m going to go talk to the doctors about that,” Pedroia said. “Obviously we had to try and find a way to do what we did so I could be out there. But if you were to get it fixed, the recovery is a long time, so I have a lot of things to weigh in with the doctors and figure it out.” (The Boston Globe)

US out of World Cup contention with 2-1 loss at Trinidad: ‘‘We let down an entire nation today,’’ said defender Omar Gonzalez, whose 17th-minute own goal attempting to clear a cross started the collapse. (Boston.com, via AP)

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