Keenan Allen: Still not 100 percent heading into team activities


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After a stellar rookie year, Allen was one of the bigger disappointments in the league last season before succumbing to a broken collarbone that cost him the final two games. Despite playing with quarterback Philip Rivers in the same system in which he thrived, Allen’s per-play efficiency plummeted from 10.1 YPT (5th) in 2013 to 6.4 (38th among the league’s 41 100-target WR) last year. As a result, he managed 263 fewer yards and four fewer touchdowns on 18 more targets. In Allen’s defense, he played through rib, groin and quad injuries and showed up on the injury report in six of the 14 games for which he suited up. At 6-2, 211, Allen has decent size, is sure-handed and is a good deal faster than his injury-hampered 4.71 Combine time from 2013. Heading into 2015, Allen should again be the team’s No. 1 target and figures to see more time in the slot with Eddie Royal gone. Moreover, 35-year-old Antonio Gates isn’t likely to repeat last year’s 12-TD, 8.4 YPT outburst, and Malcom Floyd, who turns 33 in September, probably won’t play 16 games again. (Floyd has only managed 14 or more games three times in his 11-year career.) The Chargers did sign Stevie Johnson, and reserve tight end Ladarius Green should have a bigger role, but Allen’s workload should be assured so long as he stays healthy.


Allen became only the fifth rookie receiver this millennium to crack 1,000 yards and he did it in only 15 games. In fact, he got 1,016 of those yards from Week 4 on as he was hardly used early in the year. At 6-2, 211, Allen is not quite as imposing as the leagues top targets, and while hes significantly faster than his injury-reduced 4.71 NFL Combine speed, hes not a downfield burner. Nonetheless, he averaged 14.7 YPC (14th) and 10.1 YPT (5th). Moreover, he was tied for ninth in red-zone looks with 20, despite seeing significant work in only 13 games. Allen is also incredibly sure-handed, dropping only two passes all year. Though Malcom Floyd and slot man Eddie Royal are also in the mix, Allen is the team’s clear-cut top wideout. With TE Antonio Gates getting old, and Ladarius Green showing promise, but not fully integrated into the offense, Allen enters 2014 as the clear No. 1 option in Mike McCoys and Philip Rivers potent passing offense.


Taken in the third round, Allen was at one time considered one of the top receivers the 2012 class until a PCL tear and injury-related 4.71 40 time sank his stock.

At 6-2, 206, Allen has good size, and he’s uncommonly quick for a bigger receiver. While he lacks top-end speed, he’s almost certainly faster than his poor 40 time as he was an effective after-the-catch runner in college.

When he was drafted, Allen landed in a good spot, as the Chargers had three injury prone receivers ahead of him in Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown, and a quarterback that at one time was among the best in the league. Now that Alexander is out for the season, Allen’s chances to make an impact as a rookie have increased.

Keenan Allen: Still not 100 percent heading into team activities

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