Keenan Allen Looking Healthier. Fielding Punts For Chargers

May 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) stretches during Chargers rookie minicamp at Chargers park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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!

Topics: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

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  • Cgoodness13

    This article also says Ingram is attending practice with a brace on his leg….. Rehab?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      attended. likely an observer

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        my assumption

  • Alter Ego

    Keenan is fielding kicks – that equals a Royal flush.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      ha. i like it

  • tubbs45

    Cant wait to see this kid out there with M80, DX, and VB. I think our receiving core will be as strong as we’ve seen in a long time. Still, it will depend on our O-Line and our running backs getting some yards… I can’t FRIGG’IN wait for the season to start!!!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      dude. i am itching to get there

    • Travis

      Our worst receiver is Meachem. That says a lot.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Cut Royal, use Wood head in the slot at times… w Mathews @ RB and all our WRs….who will the opposing D want to double team….they will pay if they do…

  • Gunnar Martin

    Can’t wait to see how much playing time each of these guys get. Same for Ladarius Green.

    Oh, and wish me happy birthday! But don’t be like AJ and say go f*** yourself.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahaha… Happy Birthday kid!

  • C.Steele

    Soooo, does it concern anyone else that a guy who could quickly developed into one of our top 2 receivers (AND COMING OFF OF A KNEE INJURY) could be returning punts? Seems risky to me. Hopefully, this is just preparation for emergencies or special situations… #GoBolts!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I thought the same thing. If he becomes that top starter, we definitely should find someone else for punts. But this season, it could give him more opportunity to make plays, since he will be the 3rd or 4th receiver

    • Adrian Esteban

      He was very durable at Cal. He got hurt on an on-side kick in garbage time of a blowout game. Talk about unlucky. He’s a smart player that knows when to get down and not take unnecessary hits. that being said he’s not scared about making catches in the middle of the field.

  • Pels04

    Getting an opportunity to make plays. Thats all we can ask for!

  • Jordan Lamm

    Great that he’s willing to go across the middle. Wisenhunt likes that in his guys.

  • arnie

    Like I always say, if you want me to forget about the players we lost (VJ), daft players to make me forget about them.
    I could see clearly now, it makes me even more confident, in the direction this team is going. With Allen fielding punts, they are making a backup plan if royal doesn’t stay healthy. More so, it shows they are trying to get Allen on the field, any way they can.

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