Keenan Allen poised for breakout season

When Keenan Allen was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers knew they picked a guy with No. 1 receiver potential. After Allen’s rookie year in which the receiver had eight touchdowns, 1,000 yard season and won Rookie of the Year, San Diego believed this guy to be the No.1 next year without a doubt.

However, what happened to the Cal product instead was a sophomore slump that included just 783 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Not to mention not scoring his first touchdown until Week 8.

The question now is whether or not the sophomore slump is just that or something more?

For starters, Allen has said he is slimming down for the 2015 season and is rumored to get more time in the slot next season. Eddie Royal, who was the slot receiver last season, was often Rivers go-to-guy in clutch situations as he ended up having seven touchdowns last season. 

Allen’s 6’2″ frame should make a him a great target for short-yard situations and his explosiveness should give him plenty yards after the catch. YAC will be the key statistic for Allen this season. 

Most importantly, though, is that the Bolts improved themselves this offseason. 

Adding Orlando Franklin will help give Philip Rivers more time in the pocket, which he so desperately needed in the 2014 season. Also, drafting the most explosive back in the 2015 draft class should give the offense somewhat of a balance this season and give Allen those one-on-one matchups he so desires. 

The only weakness Allen may have is his mentality. There were certain plays in the 2014 season where it felt as though Allen took plays off or just didn’t complete his route.

But when the game is on the line, this is who the Chargers want to be targeted for game-winning touchdowns. 

Photo Credit:  Gregory Bull/Associated Press


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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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