Apr 27, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers third round draft pick Keenan Allen speaks with members of the media during a press conference at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen Determined to Make an Impact

The San Diego Chargers drafted rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen in the 3rd round this offseason and many experts believed we stole a first round talent. Allen was one of the best receivers coming out of college, but his draft stock slipped with some sub-par performances in the combine and on his pro day. You would never know that his 40 time was slower than desired if you watch him on the field. He produced on the field and that is all that mattered.

Now that he is on the Chargers, he hasn’t given up hope on being a playmaker on the field. He is going to work his tail off to become the starter on offense.

“I want to be a starter,” Allen said. “I don’t want to watch. I want to be part of the moment. I don’t want to watch it.”

He has the potential to be that guy. He has the potential to be a star in the league. He has a quarterback to get him the football and he has a good group of receivers to learn from and he could get the opportunity this season. The receivers in ahead of him on the depth chart have never gone a whole NFL season  without an injury. Allen should get chances. Once he gets that chance, he better make the most of his opportunity. He is going to be the future stud at receiver.

“I’m a starter,” Allen said. “That’s what I feel like — I’m a starter. … Great character. Great team play. I’ll try to make an impact as soon as I get there. My work ethic is there. I’m determined to be successful.”

(Quotes via UT San Diego)

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  • Rob Base

    I’m telling you Lucky 13 is going to kill it! Just watch he’s determined!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I agree. He is the one I will be keeping my eyes on

  • blu3ny3llow

    I’m pretty positive he will be a star …he did really good in college with a not so good QB….imagine what he will do if PR17 get back to his old ways.(at least better than last year)….BOLTZ UP

    • Adam

      Good point!

  • Pels04

    I’m glad he’s determined. I gotta admit that the whole raiders hat stunt rubbed me the worng way and he’s got some making up to do in my book. I hope he comes out, torches everyone and makes me forget about that. Better yet torches the raiders

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      it was a bad move, but he will be alright. just needs to get on the field

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        He was just young, and not thinking. I don’t think he meant to offend the fans of the team he just joined.. nor do I think he secretly wishes he was a Raider. who would want Matt Flynn throwing ducks to them?

  • tubbs45

    I should hope he thinks he should be a starter! Can’t wait to see it!

  • 619chargers4life

    If Alexander and Royal keep sitting out of practice ” banged up with undisclosed injuries.” then he will be a day one starter.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      The fact that we are already talking about Royal & injuries again REALLY makes me want to cut him even more. If they keep him, he better make a HUGE impact, and friggin’ stay healthy!

      • 619chargers4life

        I don’t think royal is going to make it, he’s going to break a nail or something haha

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I bet you his undisclosed injury was when McCoy & Whiz were walking him out to the field, and said “OK Eddie.. we need you to get into your best shape this season, and stay…” Then Royal pulled his hammy right there, and had to go back to the locker room with the trainers… Hahaha.

          • arnie

            LOL…. oh boy

      • Adam

        Is he injured already??? I didn’t hear that. Wtf

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Allen has a good mentor in M80. I would immediately assign Allen to be M80′s shadow.

  • Mike DeWitt

    Enthusiasm like this can be a double edged sword. Let’s just Hope that if he doesn’t start he put’s the team 1st, humbles himself and works all the harder.

  • arnie

    i’m happy to hear his enthusiasim. now show that same good work ethic, when choosing your hats.