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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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  • MachoManRandySavage

    If you are a defense specialist Head Coach, and your team’s D ranks last in the NFL in points allowed, you have a cloudy future. DA is going to get the pink slip…

  • BigBenRexor

    Sup Y’all, I was a Defensive Back Guru Too.

    http://nyjetscap.com/herman.jpg

  • Raider O

    Passed on Alonzo for a project player who started playing football 2 years ago.
    Passed on one of the best college WRs to get an avg LB.
    Passed on K Cousins to draft a 26 yo rookie OL.
    Really?!?!?
    This guy is an idiot.

  • SnBG

    Norv here Big. I took the Bolts to a AFC Championship game and several playoffs. Did any other HC do that under that loon Al since Gruden. I’ll wait for your answer.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Well I now understand I´m asking you something impossible, any real Raider fan won´t be in a calm mode for a while.

  • BigBenRexor

    I also took over a Playoff team, and took them to the Basement with teh Raiders with a little help from my old pal, “Continiuity”.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    It’s okay if u thought that. Ur a blogger.

    It’s not ok for a professional nfl coach to make such a blunder.

    Results matter. He rolled with Pryor. Pushed Flynn out the door.

    Pryor produced 5 Tds and 11 ints and a 69 rating. Flynn is playing well for another team. Sorry but when ur decisions backfire to that degree, ur out.

  • Raider O

    His best pick so far is a 6th round receiving TE.
    Impressive.

  • SnBG

    Markie here. Do I act like my loonie dad or do I not. That is the question

  • seymour bush

    I have been an Allen supporter since he got here, but these last few weeks and some of his decisions, like the QB carousel during games, is a bit disconcerting.

  • BigBenRexor
  • HELLSBELLS

    we are locked into the third spot right now. I guess the tie breaker is strength of schdule not head to head match ups.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Agreed. The only thing I can´t accept is the team is playing worst as the season advance and think we have the same or better talent. (Players coming back from the injuries)

  • SnBG

    Norv again Big….. No my man.. I lost a lot of talent do to the stupid moves of that Smith guy.

  • plunkhead
  • SnBG

    MANIPETI here…..I could run the team into the ground as well as Markie of Big Al could. C’mon. Give me another chance and I will trade away all of our draft picks to get Palmer back. He’s doin great right now.

  • Raider O

    I’m sick of losing bro. 8-22!!

  • Theghostronin79

    There was NO safe bet. Flynn had what, 2 games experience and TP had 1? The other guys were rookies…..Flynn wasn’t exactly lighting it up in preseason. He was a sack factory. DA opted for the mobility and explosion. I feel like it was the right move. TP wasn’t the same after KC, but I believe they would have rolled with him all year had he not gotten injured. MM came in and started playing well, and the DEFENSE starts Sh*tting the bed……It’s a mess.

  • http://freezetag168.blogspot.com/ freezetag168

    So Mark is committed to Reggie stubbornly like his dad was to Jamarcus. Makes sense since Reggie is the Jamarcus of GMs.

  • MEX_GHOST

    I can feel you, it´s called FRUSTRATION!!! The “normal” people here feels the same.

  • VanHeathen30

    Cookie is a glorified assistant who was given way too much credit for his work in GB… Talent evaluation has been suspect at best. A team with this many needs can’t be whiffing on picks…He’s NOT the guy!

  • Raider O

    You are right.
    I’m frustrated that our HC is a project and learning on the job.
    I’m frustrated that RM’s best pick so far is a 6th round TE.
    I’m frustrated that we are 8-22.
    I’m F$$$ing Frustrated!!

  • HELLSBELLS

    I say pass on Houston if he wants top DE money and just sign one of the top DEs. Hardy/Johnson. Would like to keep Houston but not at the price.

  • MEX_GHOST

    LOL. The bad news go on. Another year of futility??

  • plunkhead

    Further down in that same article
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    the importance of having the right hold-the-fort guy has been highlighted. Most teams are sunk if their starter goes down for the season. Shorter-term injuries can be managed with the right guy behind the starter. That was part of why Ron Wolf would draft a quarterback every year when he was Green Bay’s GM, and why the fact that Ted Thompson has only taken one over the last five years could cost the current-day Packers. Others have learned their lesson.

  • VanHeathen30

    Cookie is the reason you don’t hire he first guy you interview, Skittles is the reason you don’t draft a kid with a questionable work ethic after 1 bowl game.

  • http://freezetag168.blogspot.com/ freezetag168

    Gotta wait at least another year. Reggie>>>Mark as Jamarcus>>>Al

  • BigBenRexor

    Todd H. Here, some of us aren’t meant to be Head Coaches or Coordinators

    http://c4241337.r37.cf2.rackcdn.com/05-09-17_todd-haley_original.jpg

  • SnBG

    Al here. I agree, fire everyone. What the hll, I’ll fire all of you posters too. HUM,,,,where do I get new posters?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Del Rio, Manziel, Richardson, Breslin, Hyde, Decker, Bryd, Asomugh, Johnson Or Hardy. We are back.

  • RediaR

    I think the word “just” isn’t properly being used here. It will take more money for Hardy either way I’d think. However he’s someone I’d be fine “overpaying” a bit. Houston better figure out his true value and go for that.

  • seymour bush

    We had McCown here already. Raider fan booed him off the field.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    We TRADED for Flynn. He should have been given some time.

    And no way should he be cut.

    Pryor did NOTHING to TAKE the job.

    It was handled so stupidly, it demands firing.

  • RediaR

    Meh, no, sure, dunno, sure, yes, yes but wants a lot, yes, #1 FA goal.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Money is always an issue. There is a reason Cork is a beat reporter. Mark has more costs to pay than just players. There may also be other costs related to the transfer of the estate as well such as taxes.

  • RediaR

    I think you meant WR.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Reggie McKenzie is the Jamarcus Russell of GMs! LOL. Good one freezetag! You hit that nail in the head.

  • RediaR

    Who is asking for 6 seasons?

  • BigBenRexor

    I like to think he’s the Michael Jordan of GM’s

  • SnBG

    D here B. Some of us are.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Pryor now has a 66.0 rating.

    Flynn now has a 89.6 rating. An 83.7 with the raiders.

    DA chose the WRONG guy. He has to live with that. It doesn’t matter what he thought at the time. Several bloggers knew more than he did.

    When ur choice ends up that bad COMBINED with the guy u got rid of showing up killing it for another team, YOU GET FIRED.

  • SnBG

    M here Free, so. what’s your point.

  • RediaR

    So when the Rams cut Bradford do we look to pick him up since it will be clear Houston and St.Louis are going QB 1-2?

    Then we go into next season with Bradford, McGloin and some non-first round QB. We use the 1st on whichever pass rusher we decide is the best OR trade back for hopefully a crap-load of pick value.

    Tell me that doesn’t sound interesting.

  • RediaR

    I can’t keep track of the dumb nicknames.

  • Davy Jones

    IF Allen is fired, it won’t be because of Matt Flynn. The only person who couldn’t see Flynn sucking it up here is you. (Well, you and Alex.) Still, if you want to convince people: put together a highlight real of Matt Flynn EXCLUSIVELY from him in Silver and Black. Not sure it’ll work though: it’ll be a short video.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Is it because of RMs fallaway jumper?

  • http://freezetag168.blogspot.com/ freezetag168

    So here’s what I don’t understand about JaReggie: Allen gets passed over in the 3rd in favor of Moore because of “injury concerns.” Yet, went on record that he was willing to use a 3rd overall pick on DJ??? It was promised that JaReggie had an eye for talent. Then again, do you honestly think Allen would develop as the WR he’s developing into with the QB situation we have?

  • MachoManRandySavage

    I like the idea of bringing in Bradford at a reasonable price. The Rams invested a ton of time in developing this guy. Some QBs are late bloomers, take Plunkett, Gannon, and Brees as examples.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    This has been a popular and idiotic response.

    He never had time here to get acclimated. His body if work shows he was capable if being good.

    It’s so stupid. And his time here was MILES better than Pryor actually.

    A 66.0 rating for Pryor. A 83.7 rating for Flynn.

    That alone shows u how important it is to gauge their performance over time.

    If u can’t tell that Flynn is a superior passer to pryor, and by a wide margin, then u font have anything worthy to say about football.

  • SnBG

    Honey here. Take my sweetie Bortles and stop all of this FA QB talk. I promise, you will not be disappointed.