The staff members at Footballguys are full of opinions. In a Faceoff, we allow two members to voice their opinions on a specific player. One picked the high side, and the other took the low side.
High Side by Ari Ingel
I preached last pre-season that Keenan Allen had Antonio Brown upside and he was proving me right. Before he went down in Week 8 with a lacerated kidney he was on pace for a monster 134/1,450/8 season. Some will try and assign him with the dreaded "injury prone" label, but that just doesn't hold water. In total, throughout his college and NFL career, Allen has only suffered a sprained PCL in 2012, a fractured collarbone in Week 15 in 2014 and then a lacerated kidney in Week 8 of last year. Fractured collarbones and lacerated kidney's are freak accidents; as opposed to players like Arian Foster who has suffered through soft tissue injuries throughout his career or someone like Jordan Reed and his concussion issues. The Chargers felt good enough about Allen's health to extend him well before his rookie deal was up, with a four year, 45 million dollar salary with $20 million of it guaranteed.
Allen stands 6'2", 211lbs and is just starting to enter his prime, turning 24 years old this year. One reason he isn't considered amongst the elites at his position, to this point, and the only reason he was drafted in the third round in the NFL draft, is because he ran a 4.71 forty at his pro day after not being able to run the forty at the combine due to his sprained PCL. To anyone that watches tape, it was clear that he was still hobbled by his knee injury and plays much faster than that poor forty time, even running a 4.56 forty when he came out of high school, where he was a Five Star recruit.