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)