I was there. I was at Radio City Music Hall the day that a young man by the name of Keenan Allen fell into the Charger’s laps in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft. I was overly surprised that he was till on the board when the Bolts were on the clock.
But I had no clue that his impact would be felt this early in his career. Keenan Allen has an extremely bright future ahead of him. Watching him play this season has been quite the experience. Not sure that I could be more proud of the former Cal Golden Bear.
Yesterday, at Qualcomm Stadium, Allen broke the Charger’s rookie record for receiving yards in a season. The record was formerly held by none other than John “JJ” Jefferson. JJ set the team rookie record the year I was born in 1978 with 1,001 yards receiving. After his 89 yard receiving performance on Sunday, Allen finished his rookie campaign with 1,046 yards.
Allen proved during this season that he should have been the first wide receiver off the board in the draft. His route running is solid and he does a good job positioning his body in an effort to make the catch. To see the rapport that he has built with Philip Rivers in such a short amount of time is incredible. And what’s really scary, at east for opposing defenses, the kid is only going to get better and better. Additionally, Allen didn’t even play one snap in the opening game against the Texans. His numbers could have been even better had he done so.
The Chargers have themselves a fine weapon in the form of Keenan Allen. It will be very fun watching him continue to grow and hone his craft.
Now lets see what he can do to contribute in the postseason. The sky is the limit with Allen. Best of luck to you and the rest of the Chargers on Sunday and going forward.