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WR Allen reaching great heights with Chargers in rookie season

ALAMEDA – San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen’s NFL career took flight in the fifth game this season, against the Raiders, not far from where he carved out a stellar career at Cal.
He hasn’t slowed since that night when he caught six passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in a 27-17 loss to the Raiders at the Coliseum on Oct. 6.
“That was me getting comfortable with the offense, having a feel for the game and Phil (Rivers, quarterback) just trusting me and throwing me passes,” Allen said in a conference call with Bay Area media Wednesday.
On Sunday, Allen is expected to play a key role in his team’s quest for a victory over the Raiders, a game the Chargers need to win to keep alive their faint playoff hopes.
The first game against the Raiders marked the first time Allen reached the 100-yard mark and scored a touchdown in an NFL game.
“It did a great deal” for my confidence, Allen said. “I was able to build some confidence off of that and Phil was able to have confidence in me, too.”
Allen tacked on four more 100-yard games and seven touchdowns in the nine games since he announced his arrival with a breakout performance.
Already, Allen set the Chargers record for most receptions by a rookie with 63. He needs only 71 yards in the final two games to break John Jefferson’s long-standing franchise mark for most receiving yards (1,001, 1978) by a rookie.
Coincidentally, the Raiders selected linebacker Sio Moore early in the third round, 10 picks ahead of Allen.
Moore has showed promise this season, but he isn’t making the kind of impact Allen is for the Chargers.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said there was some concern about Keenan Allen’s injury history before the draft, which prompted the Raiders to target other players.
“I thought he was a very good player. … I knew he was a very talented player, and he’s showing that with the way he’s playing,” Dennis Allen said.
Keenan Allen said he didn’t hear from the Raiders or Chargers before the draft, but he was thrilled by the prospect of going to the Chargers and staying on the West Coast.
Seven receivers went before Allen. It’s unclear why, although speculation centered on Allen’s less-than-stellar time in the 40-yard dash and his injury history at Cal.
“It was definitely hard watching, especially seeing (some of the) guys picked before me,” Allen said. “But it’s unfortunate; not only for me but for the other teams that passed on me. I just got to make them pay for it.”
Allen suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury in October that kept him from participating in on-field drills at the NFL pre-draft scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Allen attended the combine, just the same, and he went through the off-field testing and interviews. At some point, his drug test got red-flagged, which resulted in Allen being asked to take another drug test.
“It was all a mistake,” Allen said after he was drafted. “The red flag definitely wasn’t a failed drug test.”
An ESPN report at the time said Allen’s test showed suspicious levels of water, a sign he might be attempting to flush his system. Allen’s agent, J.T. Johnson, said Allen didn’t fail the first test.

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  • jtdxyz

    Now that’s funny!

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Doesn’t explain how u know me from the old blog.

  • SnBG

    Landry here, you know Big, I took a lot of years to have a winning record in big D. I sucked at HCing in my first few yrs at big D.

  • Raider O

    Yes,
    Young roster, Full draft, and 60+ million in cap space.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    yep, and in the Raiders favor even

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Montgomery was ranked next to Sio, a spot or two above and below f depending on the author of the prospect ranking.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    A steal talent-wise. But his character is a big question mark.

  • SnBG

    Bill here Tom……. I sucked at HCing my first 2 years also I even thought I was a bad coach and almost quit. Thank god I wasn’t coaching for my good friend Al. He would have fired my sorry tooty also and I would have never had the career I had. Same for you huh bro.

  • BigBenRexor

    I think our practice squad could out play our starters

  • Theghostronin79

    Probably won’t even see him play this year….He could very well get snatched right off our practice squad too.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Jax doesn’t beat Tennessee or Indianapolis, we draft behind them.

  • Gdog

    He sure as hell aint coming back with Reggie still in charge.

  • Theghostronin79

    He did…..But he was never entrenched. He was auditioning too. If MM filled in against Texans and played so-so or poorly, TP would have been re-inserted.

  • SnBG

    Tom here Bill. You are so right. I took about 100 yrs to get the Boys together. I’m so happy I was at Dallas and not Oakland. That Al was a loon. It’s beginning to look like his son is a loon also. I hope I’m wrong about Mark.

  • Theghostronin79

    At the time of the “Decision” he was performing the best out of the guys we had…..AT the time……Things change, especially as the season wears on. We had NOBODY who was proven. Had to roll with the “What have you done for me lately” QB

  • MEX_GHOST

    Calm down!!

  • Gdog

    Cork said money was a non-issue in the last chat. And how could it??

    Each team makes like 15 mill more than the salary cap with TV revenues alone… last time I looked it up.

  • SnBG

    True that. Lazy also. We will see.

  • Alex7

    regardless of whether the Chargers or Broncos lose to someone else? We’re ahead of Jax right now due to strength of schedule. It’ll change regardless of how SD and Den do?

  • william banks

    I HAD A DIFFERENT SITE NAME DURING THE OLD BLOG TIMES.I TRIED TO KEEP IT BUT I MESS IT UP.

  • SnBG

    Bill here guys….. I sucked in Cleveland.

  • Alex7

    Holy Moly SnBG! Didn’t know Landry was THAT bad!

    0-11, 4-9, 5-8, 4-10, 5-8, 7-7 before finally having enough TALENT to start winning double-digit number of games.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Even more so now than when you were saying it in the preseason…some day Davis may get around to it…

  • Alex7

    Seifert here. I won Super Bowls…the good ol’ days. Listen to Alex. You need talent. I had none in Carolina and went 1-15.

  • Gdog

    I don’t recall seeing this before… Stabler to the HOF in 2019!?! http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/08/hall_of_fame_seniors_committee.html

  • jumpnjiminy

    This is a point and click, smartphone/touchpad disposable society…we don’t have the patience to wait for a coach (like DA) or a qb (like Pryor) to reach their potential…what a world, what a world…

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Yo Brahs, the Zen Dawg here, Namaste & Blessings

    Just finished another Life Coaching session and got another phone # from the dude’s wife (huge fake booblies, belly button ring)

    Looks like the Zenster will be doing some O.T. tonight, down below the equator (aka her beev)

    This new career is going great, already have an extra $500 cash/money for weed and Magnums and 2 numbers

    Better wake up the Lawg for some yoga, he’s gonna need to be nice and limber for tonight, wizzle fresh

    MAY THE WATERFALLS RUN SMOOTH OVER THEM NADS

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Umm. At the time of the decision, Pryor had just produced a 9 qb rating in preseason game 4.

    A 9. Think about it. Marinade on it.

    A 9. And was named the starter.

    A 9.

  • Alex7

    I am so smart! I went 14-2 in San Francisco THREE times!
    In Carolina though =( 1-15. Maybe it is the talent.

  • Alex7

    whoa whoa. Pryor’s potential is what we’ve seen. He’s been given a chance with a top-5 offense, a 1,000 yard WR, and a backup QB that has outproduced him with the same talent.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Well deserving and overdue…I wouldn’t have thought he had more interceptions than touchdowns…

  • Alex7

    whoops, top-5 running game.

    Anyways, we saw him QB in Ohio State. Same guy.

  • Alex7

    INTs don’t matter as much IF you’re doing damage with your other throws.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Oh all right…he probably really does suck…just thought I’d throw a bone to the Pryor fans…poor devils and I should know, I was certainly rooting for him…never Palmer though…I always like to throw that in there for the CP haters.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Bejeez…maybe McGloin still has a chance after all!!!

  • BigBenRexor

    Hi Goobs, Norv here. I sucked at HC’ing my first coulple of years, and the middle couple of years, and in my final couple of years. Some of us are just meant to be assistants.

    http://onesorryblog.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/turner_norv1204.jpg

  • Alex7

    pretty sure OLB was a bigger need than WR.
    Remember the Sio pick was unanimously praised as one of the best value picks in the entire draft.

  • Theghostronin79

    I know we’ve gone back and forth on the whole thing…..But I believe TP gave us the best shot. Regardless of the 9 QBR… MM has more losses than TP but I feel like MM gives us a better chance right NOW….People say, “Oh it’s because we have a run game now.”….Might that just be because we also have an improved Air attack?

  • SnBG

    Homer , at your sevice. Hire me and when Markie fires me after 1 or 2 years no one will care. I can eat at IHOP with Reg.

  • Alex7

    Except for the part where I went to 6 playoff games my first 3 years in SD, winning 3 of them and winning the AFC West multiple times.

  • jumpnjiminy

    true…waiting forever wouldn’t help this guy out.

  • BigBenRexor

    Untily continuity got the best of me, and we got worse and worse.

  • SnBG

    Johnny here Gdog, I can party just like my idol Snake. Draft me in the first and I will party my way to the HOF.

  • Alex7

    does that to us all. See Seifert, Gruden, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Holmgren.

  • seymour bush

    Sam Montgomery doesn’t have his motor running all the time which is a problem. 260 lb outside linebacker? Not in an even front. They might be thinking of using him as a situational pass rusher.

  • Alex7

    to wit: Peyton Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Matt Schaub have the same number of INTs this year.

  • SnBG

    H.S here, DUH,,,,,I can’t spell. I’m the perfect HC for Markie

  • Raider O

    I can’t. He passed on 2 great players for an avg player and a project that started playing football 2 years ago.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Time has changed, in the modern NFL, NO team will wait 6 losing seasons to fire a coach, NO ONE TEAM!!.

  • Alex7

    true, but it proves it might have everything to do with the talent of your players, and not with the coach.