Rookie Review: Keenan Allen
December, 16, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
The San Diego Chargers' first-year general manager, Tom Telesco, was hired in January after 15 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts organization. Last April, in his first draft at the helm, Telesco selected OT D.J. Fluker out of Alabama in the first round (11th overall), Notre Dame ILB Manti Te'o in the second (38th overall) before picking Cal WR Keenan Allen in the third round (76th overall).
Aside from missing the Tennessee game due to a concussion in Week 3, Fluker has started in 13 games at the right tackle position and has shown improvement as the season has progressed. A foot injury forced Te'o to miss most of the preseason and the first three games of the regular season. However, Te'o has started all 11 games since his return and has been a solid contributor, currently ranking fifth on the team in total tackles with 47.
While Fluker and Te'o have shown a lot of promise early, Allen has stolen the show and is off to a great start to his career. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound receiver has started in 12 of the 13 games he's appeared it and currently leads all rookies in receptions (63), receiving yards (931) and receiving touchdowns (7). In addition, he has manufactured big plays as he leads all rookie receivers with 14 catches of over 20 yards.