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 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.