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Keenan Allen gets faster, vows to be the best receiver in the league

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Last year, Chargers receiver Keenan Allen made an unlikely impact on the NFL as a rookie.  This year, Allen is even faster.

As explained by Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Allen recently blew by cornerback Shareece Wright — and then gained the kind of separation Allen wouldn’t have been able to establish a year ago.

I’m a deep threat now,” Allen said.

In a quest to be “the best in the league,” Allen also has gained six pounds and trained with speed coach Ryan Flaherty, which gives Allen more speed when making cuts and when running in a straight line.

“It just makes him a more powerful threat when he’s that good at the line and has speed behind it,” Wright said.  “A lot of times, he will win at the line, but when you’ve got recovery speed, you can make up for that.  Now that he’s faster, it’s not going to be as easy to make up once you lose at the line. He’s going to be open on more of his routes.”

“He always was a great route runner,” Rivers said. “There just seems to be a little more juice.”  (Perhaps not the ideal word, given the weight gain.)

Last year’s 1,000-yard season came, as Gehlken points out, largely from intermediate routes.  This year, Allen may be able to crank it up even deeper, which could in turn help open up the rest of the offense as opponents spend more time focusing on him.

Allen has a long way to go to be the best receiver in the league, but he performed better than most first-year wideouts do.  Year two could be even better.

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32 Responses to “Keenan Allen gets faster, vows to be the best receiver in the league”
  1. chargersdiehard says: Aug 3, 2014 9:34 AM

    Why not us? It’s time.

  2. coachkilla6 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    Did Calvin and about a dozen other receivers retire so this guy could get top billing?

  3. humb0lt says: Aug 3, 2014 9:42 AM

    I love me some KA, He is my adopted Charger. But I wish these guys would be a bit more humble and stop talking about how good they are. Instead show us how good you are. Let your play on the field do your talking.

    That said, it’s time to get the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express rolling.

    Would you know we’re riding on the the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express?
    They’re taking us to the Super Bowl!
    All aboard the train, all aboard the train!

  4. hansenbrothers says: Aug 3, 2014 9:43 AM

    Everyone is the best of everything. No one is good, they’re all the best. Or at least elite.

  5. hornbuckle says: Aug 3, 2014 9:59 AM

    Let’s hope so I just drafted him.

  6. JSpicoli says: Aug 3, 2014 10:07 AM

    He could be that guy eventually. He’s that good.

  7. jhein23 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:10 AM

    I like this guy a lot and I’m a die hard Packers fan who doesn’t usually like anyone not wearing green & gold. I’m keeping him on my fantasy team along with Aaron Rodgers.

    Last year he reminded me of Antonio Freeman his first few seasons when he was really good and caught tons of td’s and was great after the catch.

  8. billyburley says: Aug 3, 2014 10:23 AM

    He has the right mindset and work ethic.

  9. realdealsteel says: Aug 3, 2014 10:25 AM

    You’ve got admire that has self motivated on that team. No one is pushing him from the outside persay. He’s initiated this on his own. And considering the team hrs playing for, that’s something.

  10. realfootballfan says: Aug 3, 2014 11:27 AM

    Think the Chargers are going to give the Broncos a run for their money in that division while the Chiefs fall back to earth.

  11. rubicon202 says: Aug 3, 2014 11:31 AM

    We’ll see.

  12. rickochey says: Aug 3, 2014 11:36 AM

    RAISE THE TROPHY

  13. JackedUpSports says: Aug 3, 2014 11:52 AM

    He’s got the tools and the character to be a premier wideout in this league

  14. canetic says: Aug 3, 2014 11:56 AM

    Maybe Shareece Wright just got slower.

  15. kobesnotmike23 says: Aug 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    Will somebody remind this man he’s not even the best WR in his own division?

  16. decon49 says: Aug 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    im the best commenter in the game!

  17. micknangold says: Aug 3, 2014 12:19 PM

    A gain of 6 pounds is no reason to suspect steroids. Why make even a parenthetical reference?

  18. joetoronto says: Aug 3, 2014 12:48 PM

    “I’m a deep threat now. It’s true, my mom said so” Allen said.

  19. nizzy2107 says: Aug 3, 2014 12:55 PM

    Its gonna be even harder this year since he has to go up against Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis, Aqib Talib, and Brent Grimes.

  20. 941bucs says: Aug 3, 2014 1:01 PM

    If your a starting WR in the NFL, fear not, for you are already among the best in the world

  21. toybkshr says: Aug 3, 2014 1:26 PM

    Did he get traded tot he Jets?

  22. bobb12901 says: Aug 3, 2014 1:28 PM

    Does Rivers have a deep arm or is a 35 yard pass gonna be good enough to open things up for the Chargers?

  23. kev86 says: Aug 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    I think he will be top 5.

  24. tinbender2000 says: Aug 3, 2014 1:50 PM

    humb0lt says: Aug 3, 2014 9:42 AM

    Would you know we’re riding on the the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express?
    They’re taking us to the Super Bowl!
    All aboard the train, all aboard the train!

    Better grease the wheels on that ol’ Super Bowl Express Humbolt, that train hasn’t stopped in SD since it’s Only time Twenty years ago. Better luck this time!

  25. raiderapologist says: Aug 3, 2014 3:24 PM

    humb0lt says: Aug 3, 2014 9:42 AM

    Would you know we’re riding on the the San Diego Chargers Super Bowl Express?
    They’re taking us to the Super Bowl!
    All aboard the train, all aboard the train!
    ————-
    48 years, and still no rings. Maybe the Chargers should get off that train, and get on a plane. Choo choo.

  26. babygaga19 says: Aug 3, 2014 3:26 PM

    Best receiver in the league? LMAO! I smell 4 game substance abuse suspension.

  27. simonator917 says: Aug 3, 2014 4:21 PM

    How was Tom Telesco not Executive of the Year last year with that INSANE draft he pulled off? This could be considered one of the best drafts since the Steelers drafted FOUR HOFers in one year.

  28. kvt7280 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:09 PM

    CAL receivers get overlooked in the draft because they aren’t as big as a program as the other Pac 12 schools and Keenan was one of them last year. Receivers like Tavon Austin and Justin Hunter were so overrated last year and picked before him.

  29. dalcow4 says: Aug 3, 2014 7:07 PM

    Glad he put on some weight– he was way too small and I’d hate to lose him before the playoff run.

  30. doe22us says: Aug 4, 2014 1:13 AM

    You cant teach speed…

  31. natelan says: Aug 5, 2014 12:23 AM

    He fits the Chargers’ new dump pass game plan. Quite the opposite of the VJ/Floyd/Gates stretch-the-field days. With KA, Royal and Whitehead catching quick releases, speed becomes our new game plan. And we still have Vincent Brown and Malcolm Floyd as deep threats, and Gates and Green as wild cards.

    If Donald Brown and/or Ryan Matthews can move the rock well this year, we will be unstoppable. If they both fail to run well, it will be another mediocre season, which is why acquiring Brown was an absolute must-have insurance policy. Maybe didn’t seem like it at the time, but we really do need to have a run threat if we are going to give Rivers and his receivers a chance to setup big plays.

    A couple more weeks, Chargers fans!!

  32. lolhomers says: Aug 21, 2014 10:07 AM

    Im a huge fan. The amount of hate on truths people dont want to hear though is gross. Somebody posts that calvin johnson is better than than keenan allen and it gets 80 thumbs down. Guess they think allen is better than aj green who averaged 97 catches 1400 yards and 11 tds the last 2 seasons. Or dez bryant, or demaryious thomas i mean… Lol you homers. Part of being a good fan is knowing your competition. I like the allens attitude and confidence but ill lay anyone here 10:1 that allen doesnt lead the league in catches, yards, or tds. Please pepper this comment with thumbs down.

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