Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen is the only player out of the top three picks taken by the team that doesn’t have the expectations to start this season. This, however, doesn’t mean he isn’t determined to do so.
Via Michael Gehlken of the UT San Diego, Allen said:
I want to be a starter,” Allen said. “I don’t want to watch. I want to be part of the moment. I don’t want to watch it. That’s what I feel like — I’m a starter. … Great character. Great team play. I’ll try to make an impact as soon as I get there. My work ethic is there. I’m determined to be successful.
While it is nice to see Allen’s drive to be a starter, it will be a tough battle for him to break the top three in the depth chart. This year the Chargers have their deepest wide receiving corps since long before the departure of Vincent Jackson. Currently Allen is sitting behind Malcom Floyd, Denario Alexander, and Vincent Brown. Floyd and Alexander, however, have had injury concerns in the past. If either can’t stay healthy, Allen will have the chance to seize the opportunity and never look back.
There is many scenarios I see this year that will lead to Allen starting. All of them have one thing in common however; Allen will need to play like he belongs.