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Keenan Allen Looks to Become a Leader
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After setting two franchise rookie records by recording 1,046 yards and 71 catches in 2013, Keenan Allen is looking to take his game to the next level. A third-round draft pick last season, Allen made a name for himself as the Bolts’ primary receiver after the injury to Malcom Floyd. He finished his rookie season targeted 104 times for eight touchdowns.
“I’m just trying to keep building everyday and keep the chemistry strong,” Allen said. “Keep it going with the guys and just try to get better.”
Building chemistry is key to progress and avoid the dreaded sophomore slump; however, Allen is trying to improve his game physically as well. Averaging 6.2 yards after catch last season, the former Cal receiver said improving his speed is a main goal this camp.
“I’ve been working on (my speed) this offseason,” he said. “Doing speed workouts and being able to get in and out of my routes faster.”
Allen said the one of the biggest differences from year one to year two has dealt with football knowledge. He said he has much more of an understanding of the game. Another difference is his role on the team. Playing alongside veterans like Floyd and Eddie Royal, and with a number of youngsters, he believes the Bolts’ WR group could be one of the best in the NFL.
“It’s great,” he said. “We have a great relationship on the field and off the field and in the
No longer a rookie, Allen faces a different role in the wide receiver room this season. He says he’s taken on more of a leadership position helping the rookies acclimate to life in the NFL.
“I try to lead them in the right direction on and off the field.”
Part of that is making sure guys are in the right position and know their routes on the field. If his rookie season is any indication, any knowledge that Allen can pass down to his younger teammates will greatly benefit the Chargers for the 2014 season. ReadRead