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WR Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers

6-2, 206Born: 4-27-1992College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 3

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): The Chargers offense continues to run through Melvin Gordon, and Hunter Henry is emerging as a core target. Allen is no longer getting the majority of targets and has faded from the WR1/WR2 status he once had.

General News (Fri Oct 20): did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 20, because of a shoulder injury he suffered Thursday, Oct. 19 and is listed as questionable for Week 7. Head coach Anthony Lynn said Allen hopes to play but the team will do what is best for Allen.

General News (Thu Oct 19): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 7: vs Denver Broncos

All WR vs DEN

FBG says: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing game has been up-and-down in 2017, with the ups and downs mostly correlated to the quality of the opposing defense. Rivers has shredded the shaky secondaries of Miami (31 of 39 for 331 yards) and Philadelphia (347 and 2 touchdowns), but been limited in efficiency by the Broncos and Giants (just 5.84 yards per attempt). If we can project this trend along, Rivers should struggle noticeably in this rematch - and his three touchdowns from the season opener don't seem particularly repeatable. Rivers has surprisingly been among the league's least effective passers in the red zone. There's definitely hope, though, if the tight ends can get going. The Broncos have struggled against the position, and Rivers has always been able to put his tight ends in position to score touchdowns. It's hard to overstate the devastating impact we tend to see from this Broncos pass defense. No 2017 opponent has yet topped 250 yards against them, and in fact, only 3 of their last 21 opponents have hit the modest mark. All-world cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib have smothered opposing receivers as usual - no wideout has managed more than 64 yards in a game, and the top guys they've faced have been thoroughly neutralized. Dez Bryant, Keenan Allen, and Amari Cooper combined for a staggeringly low 103 yards across 34 targets. You could quibble with their tight end defense, which has indeed been worked over by opposing starters for an average of 5.2 catches and 56.2 yards (and 3 touchdowns). That will happen when a secondary like this pinches a passing game inside and erases boundary receivers. All told, it's hard to get excited, or even care at all, about any quarterback or wideout matched against Harris and Talib. It's a dominant coverage unit only made stronger by the occasionally suffocating pass rush.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs KC 61 0 0 0 9 5 61 0 0 6.1
4 vs PHI 49 0 0 0 11 5 138 0 0 13.8
5 at NYG 71 0 0 0 12 4 67 0 0 6.7
6 at OAK 55 0 0 0 9 5 45 0 0 4.5
7 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
7 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Allen had a relatively quiet game. He was involved in terms of targets and usage, but most of it was early on and he didn't seem able to get open at will as he has so often done this season. His first few receptions were very short, most of them shy of the first down markers, and he wasn't getting a ton of separation. He finally shook free over the middle for a 28-yard strike deep down the field, following it up with a nice diving grab on a later 3rd and 9 grab near the sideline. He did a great job of keeping his route alive, reaching out to snatch a pass heading outside while keeping his body inbounds. It was a terrific throw, and a really nice adjustment as well on the catch.

2017 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)

Allen led the team in targets against the Giants, but squandered his volume opportunity with three dropped passes (one in the end zone) and Philip Rivers missing him in the end zone on another occasion. Allen nearly made a highlight reel highpoint reception down the sideline, but could not control the pass to the ground. Allen did not log a reception until the second half with all of his receptions coming on third down.

2017 Week 4 vs PHI (11 / 5 / 138 / 0 rec)

Allen simply continues to make more and more strides towards regaining the form that found him as one of the best weapons in the game. He continues to abuse defenses over the middle on both slants and crossing routes (both short and deep). He showed some rare outside speed in this one too, shaking a defender with a terrific sell off the line, connecting up the left sideline on a perfectly-thrown ball by Rivers to pick up 49 yards. Allen nearly punctuated his first half with an end zone connection. But despite clearly being shoved by a Philadelphia defender in the end zone, pass interference was not called. In the second half, he added yet another big play featuring a ton of work after the catch when he plucked a ball out of mid-air over the middle on a deep cross. After the catch, there was almost nothing but space in front of him. He took off up the right side and was finally dragged down just outside the 10-yard line after a pickup of 50 yards.

2017 Week 3 vs KC (9 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)

Allen was once again plenty busy, but he didn't have very many game-breaking opportunities to work with. He ran a few of his typical quick slants and crossing routes, fighting with defenders for extra yards and picking up yards after the catch on nearly every reception. And he got more red zone work than any of his counterparts, hauling in one reception down to the 3-yard line, another that drew a pass interference right at the goal line, and another that was a jump ball in the end zone from close range that was knocked away incomplete. He did show some uncharacteristic strength on two second half receptions. The first featured a battle with the defender where he stumbled to the ground. He had enough body control to pick himself back up, fight for positioning to grab the pass, and take off up the field for decent yardage. And the next, a deep crossing route for 18 yards that again featured good strength after the catch to fight for yardage.

2017 Week 2 vs MIA (10 / 9 / 100 / 0 rec)

Allen has picked up right where he left off prior to his knee injury, leading the team in both receptions and yardage. And as was the case pre-injury, he appears to be almost uncoverable at times. Allen did most of his damage over the middle of the field as usual, but did make one nice grab a little deeper down the seam (still in the middle of the field, but not his typical crossing route or slant or comeback). He got into the soft part of the zone for 24 yards to take the ball down to the 4-yard line with a very nice route. Later he added another big yardage play, most of which came after the catch, on a crossing route. Throughout the game, he showed excellent body control and good moves in the open field. On the potential game-winning drive, he hauled in a quick slant over the middle for a huge pickup that took the ball to the 26-yard line, a spot that set up the eventual field goal attempt (which was missed).

2017 Week 1 vs DEN (10 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)

A year removed from a torn ACL, Allen re-staked his claim as the top option in the Los Angeles passing game. He didn't have a great game, and even suffered a couple of rare drops, but he made his presence felt with a lot of activity. The volume of passes that went in his direction is all the evidence we need that he is the go-to guy for Philip Rivers. Allen did most of his work over the middle of the field as usual, with a healthy dose of slants and crossing patterns. On his lone deep target, he was able to draw a pass interference penalty on the play. His next-longest target was a mid-range pass that went for a second half touchdown. Allen broke off the line on a slant and got wide open in the back of the end zone for the easy score, but was whistled for a personal foul penalty after it appeared he tossed the ball at a Denver defender. There didn't appear to be any plays where Allen really tested his surgically-repaired knee, as his lone visibly hard cut back came on his left leg. If he isn't 100% recovered from his injury last year, he appears to be extremely close.


Latest News

Chargers | Keenan Allen may be game-time decision (Fri Oct 20, 04:47 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 20, because of a shoulder injury he suffered Thursday, Oct. 19 and is listed as questionable for Week 7. Head coach Anthony Lynn said Allen hopes to play but the team will do what is best for Allen.

Our View: Allen was already facing a tough Broncos pass defense, so this could be a nudge to bench him if your next best option is playing in an early game.
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Chargers | LA Chargers' Week 7 injury report (Fri Oct 20, 03:09 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (foot), DT Corey Liuget (back) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 20, and are listed as questionable for Week 7 versus the Denver Broncos. S Adrian Phillips (neck, concussion) practiced in full while RB Melvin Gordon (shoulder) took part in a limited session Friday; both players are also listed as questionable. C Spencer Pulley (shoulder), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) each participated fully in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Allen is a new addition to the report after a fall in practice yesterday. The team is hopeful that he will play, but you need to have a backup plan in place if you are starting him.
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Chargers | Keenan Allen limited in practice Thursday (Thu Oct 19, 06:42 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) was added to the injury report Thursday, Oct. 19, getting in a limited practice.

Our View: Allen is going to have a tough matchup against the Broncos 'No Fly Zone' on Sunday. Consider him a mid-range WR2 in Week 7.
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Chargers | Keenan Allen kept in check (Sun Oct 15, 11:57 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen finished with five catches on nine targets for 45 yards in a 17-16 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 6.

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Chargers | Four grabs for Keenan Allen (Sun Oct 8, 08:01 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen posted four receptions for a team-high 67 yards on 12 targets in Week 5 against the New York Giants.

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