Keenan Allen wants to force his way into the starting lineup


The Chargers’ first two draft picks in April have both been placed on the top line of the depth charts at their respective positions.

Tackle D.J. Fluker is going to be on the right side of the offensive line and Manti Te’o is going to be manning a post at inside linebacker and they won’t be the only guys starting on day one if wide receiver Keenan Allen gets his way. The third-round pick isn’t content to bide his time behind Danario Alexander, Malcolm Floyd, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal. He wants to force the Chargers to vault him over his more experienced competition.

“I want to be a starter. I don’t want to watch. I want to be part of the moment. I don’t want to watch it,” Allen said, via Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. “I’m a starter. 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.”

There’s obviously nothing surprising about a player saying he wants to be a starter and Allen’s in as good a situation as any to make good on his hopes. The Chargers have a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new offensive scheme that shouldn’t be beholden to anyone other than the players that make it work the best. Allen should get chances to prove he’s one of those players in camp, which means his future role is very much in his hands.

13 responses to “Keenan Allen wants to force his way into the starting lineup

  1. Keenan that’s a great attitude. Now onto more important matters. How’s the knee? You know the 4.75 (40 yard time), the reason you fell to us Chargers in the 1st place?

  2. Alexander and Brown are going to be ‘the guys’ as long they’re healthy. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he ends up pushing Floyd onto the bench within a short amount of time. Floyd and Rivers have a good chemistry, but he’s injury prone and has a limited skill set.

    Royal will see some plays out of the slot and in the return game.

    Meachem will be on the bench.

  3. I don’t expect Allen to crack the starting lineup if Floyd and Alexander are healthy but i do see him being a nice red zone weapon with his big frame.

  4. Cam Newton says he wants to be a team captain and everyone clutches their pearls.

    Keenan Allen says he has great character and deserves to start and no one bats an eyelash.

  5. The Chargers are deep at WR, Keenan is going to have to play like Anquan Boldin in this year’s playoffs in order to see significant playing time if those ahead of him stay healthy. Malcom and Danario – both 6-5 – and Vincent Brown, who is going to have a break out season if he can stay healthy, are the first three on the depth chart.

    Then don’t forget this team still has Robert Meachem. On top of that, don’t forget the best receiver on the roster may not be a WR – Antonio Gates. You also have pretty good receiving RBs in Mathews, Woodhead and Brown (if Brown stays). That’s a lot of talent taking receptions, and there are only so many of those in one game, no matter how good the offense is.

    Allen’s best shot is going to come if Floyd – who has a history of nagging injuries – or Alexander – whose knee history is well known – can’t go.

    One thing is certain: This is going to be a dominating offense this year. Top 3 in the League.

  6. One thing is certain: This is going to be a dominating offense this year. Top 3 in the League.


    They are already tied with the Pats and Falcons for first place in the league in ALL offensive categories.

    And Allen’s current statistics are [i]exactly[/i] the same as Jerry Rice’s at the same point in his NFL career!

  7. The ’04-’09 Chargers were great times but in the end they underachieved. The ’06 Chargers were hands-down the best team in football.

    A.J. Smith’s A-hole personality and a general (but untrue) perception that Philip Rivers was/is a trash-talking jerk made SD a popular team to love to hate each and every time they failed.

    Hopefully the new regime will clean up the perception of the past decade and will also have more playoff success.

    I will say this – Don’t sleep on The Bolts. They will light up the scoreboard and they have a good mix of young talented players & vets on defense.

    They may not be able to surpass Denver for the west but they are a 10+ win team and should be in the mix all year and at the least lock up a wildcard spot.

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