Keenan Allen started off his career as a San Diego Charger with a bang. After being forced into a starting role due to the injuries of both Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd, Allen showed that he should have been the first wide receiver taken in the 2013 draft.
Keenan won the “Pro Football Writers of America Offensive Rookie of the year” award after becoming one of Philip Rivers’ favorite targets. Here is what’s scary about Keenan Allen, he’s only going to get better.
Despite having a strong performance as a rookie, there were times that he and Rivers were not on the same page. Allen being thrust into the starting lineup put him in a great position to succeed. But Allen seemed to struggle at times with option routes and was in the wrong place occasionally. And as you diehard Charger fans know, Philip was not shy about voicing his displeasure with such instances as we all saw on the field.
If it seems like I am being a bit harsh on a rookie wideout, I’m not. I am a huge fan of Allen and I strongly believe that he’ll be even better in 2014. He now has another offseason to build his rapport with Rivers. The more that Philip trusts him, the more targets number 13 will receive. One of KA13’s most admirable traits is what he does after catching the ball. He has a great arsenal of moves and is sneaky-elusive. He’s very good at planting his feet and changing direction with the ball in his hands.
Allen finished the 2013 campaign with 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and 8 touchdowns. His receiving yardage total broke the Charger rookie record set by John Jefferson. I’d say that is pretty darn impressive. But, to speak to the point of this article, I genuinely believe that he’ll be even better in 2014.
Although Keenan was solid in year one, he did make his fair share of mistakes. Give him this offseason to work with Rivers and gain a better understanding of what Philip is thinking and his numbers will go up. For a guy that considered giving up due to lack of playing time, I’d say Keenan Allen has already proven that he’s a great player in the NFL. The bad news for the rest of the teams in the AFC West and the entire NFL is that he WILL only continue to improve. And that is very scary for opposing defenses.