The New England Patriots shocked the league when they acquired tight end Dwayne Allen from the Indianapolis Colts for a fourth-round pick. Allen’s arrival signaled the inevitable departure of Martellus Bennett, but longtime veteran James Jones thinks the Patriots might’ve just gotten an upgrade.
Jones went on NFL Network and gave a ringing endorsement to Patriots’ brass for making what he seems to think was a very good trade.
“I think he’s a little bit better than Martellus Bennett,” Jones told NFL Network.
Statistically speaking, Bennett certainly holds the edge. He’s caught 318 total passes since 2012, which was Allen’s first season in the league. Bennett also has the edge in receptions, yards and touchdowns since 2014.
Allen’s biggest problem has been staying healthy, as he hasn’t played a full season since his rookie season.
The Patriots have struck gold on these types of trades before, just look at how Bennett’s acquisition paid off this season when Rob Gronkowski. New England is hoping the same thing happens with Allen.