Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Allen a starter for San Diego?
By Tim Kavanagh
Leading up to the NFL Draft, some analysts believed the Cal WR Keenan Allen may be one of the first WRs off the board, potentially a first-round pick set to play a prominent role for his new team. Things didn't quite work out like that -- Allen dropped to the third round -- but the team that landed him (the San Diego Chargers) may have substantial plans for him this season, provided he holds up his end of the bargain and develops quickly.
"I'm a starter," Allen declared recently, per U-T San Diego. "That's what I feel like -- I'm a starter. ... Great character. Great team play. I'll try to make an impact as soon as I get there. My work ethic is there. I'm determined to be successful."
Sounds great. For now, though, he's behind veteran Malcom Floyd as well as ascendant young pass-catchers Danario Alexander and Vincent Brown on the outside, while Eddie Royal has been the main man in the slot with the first-team offense. The good news for Allen is that the current coaching staff inherited the other wideouts on the roster, while they hand-selected him this offseason; surely there was a reason why they invested a third-round pick in him, and if all goes well, his promotion into a prominent role may not be too far into the future.