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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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  • the authoritative dr robert

    The poor mans Matt Millen.

    Raiders LB turned GM.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Looks like the nightmare continues for DA.

    Flynn will be leading the packers for another week, rubbing salt in the wound of DA’s “choice”.

    Palmer and Flynn. Two guys we HAD IN HOUSE, killing it for OTHER TEAMS WHILE WE PAY THEM.

    Meanwhile Pryor is following tebow out the door of the nfl.

    If only someone could have told us this would happen. Oh yeah. I did. And so did several others here.

  • Theghostronin79

    Yeah, they traded for Flynn….But when Palmer was here, there wasn’t any talk about QB “Competition”. There was no question who the QB was. I think Reggie WANTED Flynn to be the guy, but he did NOTHING, to warrant the keys just getting TOSSED to him either. Flynn didn’t separate himself

  • the authoritative dr robert

    I like it a lot.

  • Davy Jones

    Quick, who has had a higher single game passer rating this year: Flynn or Pryor?

  • Davy Jones

    Who is this Flynn person you keep mentioning?

    . . . oh right, was a QB here for about two seconds. Played himself out of a job. Get over it!

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Great point! U make my case for me.

    Perfect example of why u don’t judge a guy by one game.

    Obviously (to non idiots) Pryor is awful and Flynn can play.

    Flynn threw 4 Tds in ONE HALF. Pryor threw 5 in 8 games.

    U can’t be this dense.

  • Raider O

    No
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    No
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    No
    Yes

  • Theghostronin79

    You know you can’t compare what they’re doing with other teams……..SH*T man, I’m divorced….about to get engaged again. My Ex can look at me now and say “Why weren’t you like that with me?” Different situation, different person……Can’t even compare the two. I was a failure in one, but ultra success in the other.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    In the meantime, GB fans are seriously hyped on Flynn, suggesting he’s better tha Rodgers.

    http://thepenaltyflagblog.com/nfcnorth/matt-flynn-better-than-aaron-rodgers/

  • RediaR

    Just to be clear. Which of the 7 Richardsons in the general second round area are you talking about?

  • Raider O

    L Smith
    Melton, Hardy, M or C Johnson, Graham and Byrd
    Barr, Boyd, Hyde, and Breslin

  • Davy Jones

    Flynn did that in green and gold. What did he ever do in Black and Silver? Nothing. Where’s the highlight video, Bobbles? Awww, you’ve got to call me an idiot instead because you’ve got nothing. This isn’t about how bad Pryor was (and to play yourself down from a 135..7 passer rating to a 66 average, you’ve got to play pretty bad.) This is about how bad Flynn was in Silver and Black. No one but you is b*tching about that decision, and it’s because he was real, real bad.

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

    The more you TRY to avoid being like your father, the more you repeat his history of team decline. Another point: you telling us fans about “patience” is no different than your father declaring “Jamarcus is a great QB, get ovah it.” As a matter of fact, I believe your dad was haunted by those words as I’m convinced he held onto Jamarcus much longer because of that statement alone. Preaching “patience” after the Novral, Shell, KidKiff, Overhead Projector, Cable Guy, Hue “P*ssed off” years is a lot to ask for even amongst the most loyal of Raider fans. So excuse me for likening your public commitment for “JaReggie” to your father’s public commitment for Jamarcus. Not only is it eerie similar, it’s a statement of committing to a trainwreck waiting to happen. That’s the point.

  • SnBG

    Honey here. If you take my man Bortles I’ll show you,,,,,well,,,,you know what.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Of course I can. That’s like saying u can’t talk about what jimmy graham did in NO cuz u don’t know what he would do here.

    He needed time. In practice, it HAD to be obvious to any nfl evaluator that Flynn was a better passer.

    Horrid decision.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Cork, the only thing u shld be writing about K Allen is how much of a Raiders fan he was growing up. Fugg his rookie season milestones!

  • DutchRaid

    Solid Post!

  • the authoritative dr robert

    As Raiders fans, u MUST be angry that we had Palmer and Flynn, and our idiot coach chose the worst passer in the nfl.

    DA must be judged on what is one of most boneheaded decisions in NFL history.

  • Davy Jones

    I was going to say “wow, your name is Paul?” but then I noted the article said Flynn only appears functional in a GB uniform. And then I knew it couldn’t be you. Oh, and only an nimrod dumb*ssed idiot would think Flynn is better than Aaron Rodgers. How’s that for quality football analysis? ;-)

  • Raider O

    You are an idiot.

  • R8erEduc8er

    How does Flynn’s azz taste?

  • RediaR

    As soon as he and Bridgewater finish their rock, paper, scissors game to decide who comes out. I hear every time they both stubbornly pick paper. It’s weird. Been going on for weeks.

  • Theghostronin79

    It’s happened more times than I can count……Randy Moss? Kills it in Minn, comes here………TURD…….Goes to NE, kills it once more. How they play here is the only thing that matters, and it’s no use pining for them once they’re gone.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Only idiots watch a qb kill it in another uniform and say “well he had one game here and it wasn’t do good so it was the right decision to dump him”.

    So fvcking stupid, u should simply stop watching football cuz u don’t get it at all.

  • Davy Jones

    Please. The Hershel Walker trade was one of the most boneheaded decisions in NFL history. The Ricky Williams trade was one of the most boneheaded decisions in NFL history.

  • RediaR

    Cork writes about thongs?

  • RediaR

    The first Carson Palmer trade…

  • RediaR

    Like turf when he was here.

  • Davy Jones

    *pats on the head* Bobbles, I know you’re hurting. But life goes on- you’ve got take off those pjs and shower and get out there and find someone NEW to love. He’s gone and he’s not coming back. And BTW . . . all your friends? We thought he sucked, to be honest. You can do better.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    If you have a quarterback in house that is capable of doing what Flynn does in Green Bay then it is your job to surround him with players like they have in Green Bay. Not to dump the quarterback and go with a guy who gives you a 66 rating.

    This is so simple that even morons should understand it.

  • FourMoreYears

    Lots of bagging on Al for firing coaches. Let’s take a look:

    Bill Callahan: Got monkeystomped by the man who built his team and then got run out of Nebraska on a rail. BAD COACH.
    Norv Turner: Took the most talented team of the decade and did jack squat with it. SD cheered when he finally got canned. BAD COACH.
    Art Shell: Come on.
    Lane Kiffin: Does anybody NOT hate this guy? BAD COACH.
    Tom Cable: Didn’t do squat before Hue, hasn’t done anything since. BAD COACH.
    Hue Jackson: Two 8-8 seasons. Reggie fired him.

    Al was ridiculed for firing them, and he was right every time.

  • Davy Jones

    THE TRUTH: Flynn, Pryor, and sadly maybe McGloin too- they’re all scrubs. All of them. A career backup, a project of a third round pick, and a UDFA. Draft a QB.

  • SnBG

    T.M. here you big strong guy. You tell that mean ol SnBG what for. You’re my hero O. Want a taste of my tata’s

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Scrubs don’t throw 4 Tds in a half or 6 Tds in a game.

    U should shut up and realize u have no sense.

  • Theghostronin79

    I don’t think MM is a “Scrub”……He’s not in THAT class. Back-up? Probably, but a serviceable back up at that.

  • RediaR

    McGloin is actually having an above average year for a rookie QB.

  • Theghostronin79

    Com’on man. You say you can’t judge a guy off one game, but you do it constantly in reference to Flynn’s masterpiece last year.

  • Raider O

    Nope. I want you to get fired you clueless bastard

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Stupid. It’s about judging DA u moron.

    And u were wrong. Obviously. U liked Pryor. He was and is horrendous.

    U disses Flynn. He kills it for GB.

    You obviously have no ability to understand what a good or bad quarterback is.

  • Davy Jones

    The five turnover game wasn’t a good sign. But I did say maybe.

  • DutchRaid

    How about former Pro Bowler Derek Anderson? Is he a stud? Check out his stats from 2007…

  • Gdog

    Translation: Hey look, I found another teams fan that is even DUMBER than I am!!

  • the authoritative dr robert

    It’s a body of work.

    And it turns out I’m REALLY GOOD AT JUDGING QBS, given that I was absolutely correct that:

    1) Palmer would do well in AZ and they would have a better record than us.
    2) Pryor would prove to be awful
    3) Flynn would go do well for another team.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    How can someone who was so fvcking wrong about Pryor and Flynn, proven by results, run his mouth to someone who was do right.

    I was CORRECT about both and u still talk crap.

    Now THAT is stupid.

  • Davy Jones

    I could just as easily say scrubs don’t have 130+ QB ratings or set records for the longest run in QB history. Flynn sucked here, and despite how well he’s played in GB he won’t get another job because of how poorly he played in Seattle and Oakland. I know Doctors aren’t supposed to prescribe to themselves, but write yourself a scrip for a little bit of THE TRUTH why don’t ya.

  • RediaR

    It wasn’t. And there was a stretch in that game where he looked terrible, but still. Right now he’s statistically the 2nd best rookie QB behind Glennon. Not saying much this year, though.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Did u just use a RUN as proof a qb doesn’t suck?

    Case closed.

  • Davy Jones

    I didn’t say he didn’t suck. I was making a point about cherry picking stats, you migrant farm worker.

  • Raider O

    2nd?
    EJ Manuel
    Case Keenum
    Glennon
    MM
    G Smith