The Los Angeles Chargers are counting on Keenan Allen to be the team’s No. 1 receiver. Is Allen fully recovered from his torn ACL?
Keenan Allen looked unbeatable in the 2016 season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Allen caught six balls for 63 yards in the FIRST half of the game. After finding success against Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters, Allen went down on his own after making a quick cut with two minutes left in the second quarter.
Allen tore his ACL, and his 2016 season ended. The video of Allen tearing up as he was getting carted off the field was hard to watch.
Fast forward to almost a year later, and Allen is reportedly back to full health. As a guest on The Rich Eisen Show, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers told Rich Eisen that Allen “looks just as good as before he got hurt.”
It’s good news for a guy whose route-running is his specialty. Overall, Allen’s a top-10 receiver in the league when healthy. The problem is, he’s suffered three season-ending injuries the last three seasons.
In 2014, Allen missed the final two games with a broken collarbone. In 2015, a lacerated kidney kept him out of the last eight games.
Allen, who’s still just 25 years old, signed a four-year extension last offseason. He’s undoubtedly the Chargers’ No. 1 receiver. The Chargers may be very deep at receiver with Mike Williams (who’s already dealing with a back issue), Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman, and we all know Rivers can make any receiver look good, but Allen is a game-changer. He’s a player that can take your team to the next level.
Let’s just hope and pray that Allen can make it through a full season.