Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) has been cleared to participate in OTAs this week. He's ahead of his own schedule in his recovery from last September's torn ACL. “I actually didn’t think I’d be out here competing like this this early,” Allen said. “It is what it is. I’m feeling good." He's working now on regaining trust in the surgically repaired knee. "Anytime I can run a route without thinking about my knee it definitely (gives me) confidence," he said. Allen figures to be handled with care this spring but should be a full-go by the time training camp rolls around. Durability remains a concern, though, for a guy who's played in just 9 games over the past 2 years. And Allen will be returning to a much more crowded WR depth chart than the one he left early last season. He's going off the board as WR17 in early MFL10 drafts.
The Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the 7th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He joins a loaded offense that also includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. A scary neck injury cost Williams almost the entire 2015 campaign. But he turned in a strong 57-1,030-6 line as a sophomore and then exploded for 98 catches, 1,361 yards and 11 TDs this past year. Williams is a mediocre athlete who doesn’t create much separation at the top of his routes, but strong body control and hands make him dominant in contested situations. The question is whether those skills will translate to the next level against stronger DBs. Los Angeles isn’t an ideal landing spot, with loads of target competition in the short term and a QB question long term (Philip Rivers is 35).
Chargers WR Keenan Allen provided an update on his return from right ACL surgery. Recall that Allen suffered the season-ending injury back in September. “I feel amazing,” he said. “No pain, no aches. Rehab is going good. I’m just trying to keep it going.” The 25-year-old added that he’s currently about “85 percent.” The goal is for Allen to be a full-go by training camp, but the team will surely take it easy on their top WR. He’s already missed 25 total games through 4 NFL seasons.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) expects to be ready in plenty of time for training camp. That's been the expectation considering his torn ACL came in early September. He'll be nearly 11 months removed when camp opens. Allen has already resumed running and cutting. Turning just 25 in April, he's a strong bet to bounce back from the knee injury. The bigger concern for Allen is volume in what's become a loaded Chargers passing attack.
On the same day they announced their relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers named Anthony Lynn their new HC. Lynn has 17 seasons of experience in the NFL, but all but 1 of those were spent as a special teams or RB coach. Lynn was promoted to OC in Buffalo prior to Week 3 of this past season and was then named interim HC for the season finale. The Bills averaged 25.8 points per game under Lynn's watch -- a mark that would have ranked 8th league-wide. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are hoping to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt and hire Gus Bradley as DC.
The Chargers have placed WR Keenan Allen on IR. It officially ends his season after the Week 1 torn ACL. The good news is that Allen will have had just about 12 months to recover before the start of the 2017 campaign. He'll still be only 25 years old at that point and remains a strong dynasty hold. San Diego will move forward with Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman atop the WR depth chart, although TE Antonio Gates and RB Danny Woodhead could compete for the target lead the rest of the way.
The Chargers believe WR Keenan Allen has a torn ACL based on initial tests, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's certainly what it looked like on the field. We should get confirmation within the next 24 hours. A torn ACL would knock Allen out for the season and vault Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams to the top of San Diego's WR depth chart. TE Antonio Gates and RB Danny Woodhead would be just as good of bets for targets.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered an apparent right knee injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He had to be carted off the field. This obviously looks like a significant injury, but we'll update his status when we learn more. His absence would leave San Diego with WRs Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman atop the WR depth chart. TE Antonio Gates would probably be the biggest beneficiary.
Chargers WR Stevie Johnson suffered a torn meniscus in Sunday's practice and will undergo surgery soon, according to NFL Network's Michael Silver. It's "unclear" whether the injury will end Johnson's season, Silver adds. It certainly sounds like the 30-year-old is looking at an extended absence, though. He's not worth rostering in redraft fantasy leagues. Johnson is mostly a short-range possession receiver for San Diego, so his absence figures to benefit Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead most. Dontrelle Inman, Javontee Herndon and Tyrell Williams will battle to take Johnson's #3 WR spot.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers said from OTAs on Monday that Keenan Allen "figured out last year what it took to be a #1 WR in this league." Allen racked up 67 catches, 725 yards and 4 TDs in less than 8 full games before suffering a season-ending kidney injury. That had him on a 16-game pace of better than 134 catches, 1,450 yards and 8 scores. Allen has been talked up this offseason first by his OC and now by his QB. He's a legit WR1 in 2016 fantasy drafts.
Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt called WR Keenan Allen the "focal point" of his offense. "He's grown. He obviously understands the game," Whiz said. "The one thing that shows up all the time is that he makes plays. But he is at the point now where this is an important year because he's going to be a focal point. He is going to have to win one-on-one matchups. That is something that is a real testament to a receiver." Allen was already the focal point of the offense last year. He saw a whopping 84 targets in 7 games -- a 16-game pace of 192 that would have tied for 3rd among all WRs. Allen garnered 27% of San Diego's total targets, so it's tough to see his role growing a whole lot. But he should still challenge for the league lead in both targets and catches this season.
WR Travis Benjamin is set to sign with the Chargers when free agency officially begins later today, according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin. Benjamin drew interest from at least 2 others teams after a breakout 68-966-5 line in 2015. Still smack dab in his prime at 26 years old, Benjamin will serve as the deep-threat complement to WR Keenan Allen in San Diego. He'll basically be replacing Malcom Floyd, who maxed out as a WR3 in fantasy football. Don't bank on much more than that from Benjamin.
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