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RTC: Allen's return will help the offense

Here is Monday’s Reading the Coverage for the Indianapolis Colts ...

  • Stephen Holder of the Indy Star writes about how the return of tight end Dwayne Allen to the lineup will improve the team’s offense. Allen missed all but two quarters last season because of a hip injury. The Colts’ offense suffered without Allen because he’s an all-around tight end.

  • Mike Chappell, also of the Indy Star, has a note about how defensive lineman Cory Redding contemplated retirement during the offseason. Redding is headed into the final year of his three-year contract with the Colts. "I still love the game," he said. "But when it comes to the point I want to get on the floor and play with my kids, I don't want it to be (I can't) because my knees are bad. I want to hold my grandkids when I get older. I don't want to get to the point I can't do that because my shoulders are tore up.”

  • Conrad Brunner of 1070thefan.com takes a look at the Colts' offensive line, which was depleted by injuries and poor play in the middle of the line last season. “Right now we know we have two pillars on the perimeter and we’re just trying to find that right chemistry, continuity, right combination of guys inside,” said offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. “I think we found out the hard way last year that you’ve got to have versatile guys that can play all five spots in some cases. But we feel like we have a good core group of inside guys that have the ability to play all three spots and that should help us.”

  • Kevin Bowen of Colts.com gives his takeaways from Day 4 of training camp. Defensive tackle Montori Hughes received increased snaps because Josh Chapman sat out practice. “He’s progressing, and ahead of where he was at any point since he’s been here obviously,” Chuck Pagano said. “We asked him to drop some weight while he went away and he did that. He’s running around now at about 342 and for a big guy that’s tall and rangy and big like he is, at 342 pounds he’s a monster in there and he’s going to be hard to move. Him coming back in the shape that he’s in is a testament to Montori and his discipline while being away and getting himself in a position where he can compete with Josh for that job.”