Is Keenan Allen better suited as a #2 receiver?

By Paul Maland
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Nov 23, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs runs a touchdown after making a catch against the St. Louis Rams during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After seeing a draft stock drop in the 2013 NFL draft due to injury concerns, Keenan Allen didn’t hear his name called until the third round. The Chargers took a gamble on the Cal product that has paid large dividends. After exploding onto the scene in his 2013 rookie season with 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and 8 touchdowns, Allen was poised for a huge year in 2014.

With 77 receptions, 783 yards, and 4 total touchdowns it’s hard to label his season as disappointing. And in fact, he was the first NFL receiver to truly expose some of the weaknesses of Seattle star cornerback Richard Sherman. He has been a consistent producer in first downs tied atop the team with Antonio Gates both having 41 thus far. Let me be blunt, I love Keenan Allen and I believe he will be a producer in this offense for many years to come. But would he truly serve better as a number 2 receiver rather than a number one? Call me crazy, but I think that’s the case. Here is why!