The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... The Dolphins are trying to create a Patriots-like culture, that much is clear. Via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, tight end Dwayne Allen said he plans to try to add a presence the Dolphins that they may have lacked in the past. “Obviously, I would like to say that I’m a positive presence in the locker room,” Allen said. “I definitely know how culture is developed and enforced on the players in the locker room. It’s set by the head coach and reinforced by the guys in the locker room. Hopefully I can be an agent of change in that respect.”
Diehards Line:After hiring HC Brian Flores and a number of assistants with Patriots ties, the emphasis was clear. Making Allen their first major acquisition (with a two-year, $7 million contract) underscored the plan. The 29-year-old Allen has been a blocker lately, with just 13 receptions the last two years in New England. But he had 80 catches and 15 touchdowns the previous three seasons with the Colts, so there’s a possibility he could become more of a factor in that area. “It’s my hope to go out there and prove that I can be an every-down player,” he said. Even if he doesn't, the Dolphins will count on his work ethic and veteran presence to be a steadying influence.