My favorite rookie, Keenan Allen, is getting better and better. He is recovering from a knee injury and it sounds like things are looking healthier.
Here is the report out of the UT:
Keenan Allen ran faster, cut more sharply than he did a month ago at rookie mini-camp. He doesn’t seem at all limited by the posterior ligament knee injury that sidelined him late last season and prevented him from performing at the NFL combine. Catching a contested pass over his head, Allen showed the powerful hands that helped make him Cal’s all-time leading receiver. Former NFL great James Lofton is a Stanford man but was impressed. “He’s smooth,” Lofton told me. Allen also was surehanded in fielding punts.
Faster. Cut more sharply. Doesn’t seem limited. Those are all good reports.
I am excited to see this rookie on the field. He has the potential to be a star in the league and he has a great quarterback in Philip Rivers tossing him the rock.
Did you notice that little note at the end from the UT?
He is also fielding punts in practice. I guess we know who would be taking the punt return responsibilities of Eddie Royal is cut to make salary cap space on the roster. That could be bad news for Royal.
If Allen can get back to 100% (and burn his stupid Raiders hat), then this kid should make an impact. He could do wonders in the slot with his height and speed. There definitely will be some mismatches for Philip Rivers to exploit on offense. With M80, VB, DX, Gates and KA, there are tons of weapons in the passing game.
Let’s air it out!