Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) carries the ball in the 4th quarter during the Chargers 17-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Allen Leading Candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year


Keenan Allen has gotten respect around the league with his performance this season and is one of the leading candidates for offensive rookie of the year. Chris Wesseling of NFL.com has him as the top candidate over Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy:

1. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers wide receiver: Having earned Philip Rivers’ trust as a go-to target by midseason, Allen has been killing defenses with slants and crossing routes. A top-10 receiver over the past five weeks, the third-round steal is on pace for a 77/1,124/4 stat line as the best of an impressive rookie wide receiver class. Of all NFL receivers with 50+ targets, Allen’s 74.4 catch percentage leads the league.

Allen is part of the nice draft that Tom Telesco put together in his first season as GM. He also picked up D.J. Fluker and Manti Te’o in the draft and we still are waiting to see how Steve Williams will pan out next season in our secondary.

Allen deserves the recognition though. Without him on the roster, could you imagine how terrible our offense would look? It would be pretty ugly.

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  • Derek

    I never thought he’d be this good this early. Saving up for a jersey! Just hope he doesent get complacent in the offseason. This wasn’t the keanan that showed up to otas with the raider hat and a cheeseburger (exaggerating but not by much) hope Floyd or gates shows him how to train to be better

  • Tazzster

    He should be out #1 receiver next year…. even if Floyd comes back…. dude’s got skillz

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

    It’s so awesome that we needed a #1 receiver and BAM…. TT hooked it up, just like that! Same with Fluker. I had a friggin’ meltdown when they picked him, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Having those guys come in and immediately contribute at two positions we have struggled so much with was such a blessing. I seriously CAN NOT WAIT to see Stevie Williams next season. I don’t know why, but I just have this really good feeling about him. I hope my gut is right about him. That would immediately make this draft a success, if it isn’t already.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I’m in the same boat with you about Stevie Williams. He just has an air about him that makes me think stud. Really hope we’re right, cuz we’ll really need his services next season.

  • Sergio Quintero

    For this offense to take off, they need a vertical stretch receiver, Floyd actually is that, hopefully the neck injury doesn’t scare him into retirement. With both those guys, and a fully integrated L.Green a 27-30 ppg is quite a reachable goal.

    Keenan Allen got a lot of comparison to Reggie Wayne, he sure looks like he can reach that level for years to come.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      most definitely. I really wonder what the wide receiver situation is going to look like next season.

      • Sergio Quintero

        How do you know its a rebuilding season when the major needs the GM has to deal with exceed 5:

        1) Get a new DC, according to the stat heads at PFF the chargers have the 5th worst defense in the last 20 years, and 32th this year.

        2) Rebuild the secondary, meaning a veteran free agent CB and a high pick in the draft, the chargers starting corners are 75 & 76 out of 76 qualifying corners in the NFL according to PFF.

        3) OLB is a black-hole, with only Ingram a lock to be here next year, if you run a 3-4 OLB must be a strength in a pass league, I expect a pick in the first 2 picks here.

        4) Safety play has been poor, is the solution on roster or outside, probably has to be in the roster there just wont be enough money or picks to address it in any other way.

        5) WR2 is no production spot as well, if Floyd is healthy there is the solution, when the interviewed him, he seemed spooked I can expect him to retire. VB has done nothing.

        6) LT, Dunlap is the solution if he can stay healthy, but health is a skill and they guy doesn’t seem to have it. LT don’t come cheap either they come from round 1-2 or from an expensive contract. Maybe they play by ear next year, but the offense wont take the next step if Clary is playing RT next year.

        7) Is Gates on this roster next year?, he’s very close to being overpaid, and in the NFL you don’t pay for past production.

        8) Backup feature back, Mathews misses a game here and half there and this offense can’t replace him, they need to spend a middle round pick on someone.

        9) Nose Tackle, if they are playing 3-4 next year they need a solid get it done NT, C.Thomas has failed miserably, I wont spend a top 10-15 pick on a NT, but somewhere around a 2-3 rounder sure, or a veteran free agent.

        That sure sounds like they are rebuilding, and TT is going to be busy this offseason.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Solid take. Mind if I take that and make it a post? Credit to you of course. Or… We could always use new writers :)

          • Sergio Quintero

            Sure post it, credit me, I know the process. Call it Telesco’s shopping list will be long

            Sorry I haven’t been able to post in the past, I tend to write long articles, and maybe should write short and to the point, because I don’t have time for the longer ones.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Keenan = Beast. He’s the next jersey I get. Now we could really use a number two receiver to go on the other side (cough Brown cough).