San Diego Chargers first year General Manager Tom Telesco landed a gem in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft this year. Rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen has been nothing short of spectacular so far. He came into yesterday's game against the New York Giants having already caught 58 passes and the eye of opposing defensive coordinators. Despite New York knowing Allen is the team's best playmaker, he still collected three receptions and two touchdowns. This was Allen's first two touchdown game of his young career.
Allen's season total of 61 receptions surpassed LaDainian Tomlinson's franchise rookie record of 59 set in 2001. This is made all the more impressive by the fac that Allen didn't reach double digits in targets until week 5 as well as the fact that he still has three games left to play, and he has become the focal point of the offense the last three weeks. Luckily, Allen got to set this new record in front of a home crowd and, better still, in a victory.
Receptions aren't the only stat Allen's racking up. He also has 902 receiving yards on the year and could set another franchise rookie record with a big game on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. He's only 100 yards short of John Jefferson's rookie receiving yards record of 1,002 set in 1978. That's not bad company for the former Cal Golden Bear to be keeping after not even playing until week 2.
At this point, the only thing left to be seen for Keenan Allen is whether or not he'll be named Rookie of the Year. It's hard to imagine anyone else being more deserving, but will he get enough national attention playing in San Diego?