Allen finally found the end zone for the first time all season en route to a seven-catch, 73-yard effort, which made for his best outing of the season. However, we still see some of the big issues that have limited him all season lurking in Allen's supposed breakout game.
Targets and catches have been there all season for Allen, but he hasn't done much with them, and that was still something of an issue Thursday. He had a season-high 41 yards after the catch, but that came out to an average of just 4.6 per reception. That is still down from 6.2 per catch a year ago.
Allen's role in the offense is still big enough that there is reason for confidence, but his inability to break off the big play remains troubling. Until he starts to turn that trend around, Allen's upside remains limited.
Allen proved to be Philip Rivers' safety blanket throughout the night. He ran a lot of underneath routes that wound up going for short gains. Allen managed to haul in nine catches for 73 yards and a score during the contest. His longest reception during the game was 19 yards.
Allen's touchdown came on a quick pass down near the goal line. He received a block from a receiver, and was able to quickly shoot past a defender for the 2 yard score. Allen will look for more Week 9 against the Dolphins.
It's quite evident
"People, they aren't stupid," wide receivers coach Fred Graves said, per U-T San Diego. "They're not just going to let him run free. They're going to take some things away."
Allen has seen a lot more press coverage this season. He does have a team-high 34 catches, but he is averaging just 10.4 yards per catch and has had just two catches for 20-plus yards after totaling 16 as a rookie.
"They're pretty close to me after I catch the ball," Allen said.
Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations, especially if you play Fantasy Football, is Allen has no touchdowns. Though, Allen is pretty confident he will start scoring touchdowns.
"It'll come," he said. "I'm pretty patient. Frustrated, for sure, but I'm pretty patient. I understand what's going on with the offense, and we're winning, so it's not a big deal."
Through seven mostly-disappointing games, it has become clear that
Allen is on pace for 118 targets and 77 yards receptions this season, both of which would be improvements over last year. Unfortunately, his pace for yards is lacking. He is on pace for just 809.1 yards, more than 200 less than his rookie season, and has also failed to find the end zone through seven games; he had three by this point last season.
One big problem for Allen is that he and Philip Rivers simply cannot get on the same page when it comes to the deep ball. Though Rivers has targeted him nine times on passes beyond 20 yards, Allen has caught just one, for 22 yards. However, he had just two receptions on passes thrown deeper than 20 yards last season, so it isn't like that is the main culprit in his regression.
The big issue, then, is that Allen still isn't making plays with the ball in his hands. He is averaging just 2.9 yards after the catch, down from 6.0. That is almost the entire difference between his 14.7 yards per catch average as a rookie and his 10.4 mark now.
Allen has gone from one of the league's best playmakers as a rookie to someone who can barely get anything done after the catch. Though he makes for a solid buy-low candidate based on last season alone, Fantasy owners are understandably running out of patience. At this point, he makes for a risky play every week.
Allen was the focal point of the passing attack Sunday, but he continues to have trouble breaking big plays. It was his third straight game averaging less than 10 yards per catch, and he's barely surpassed that mark on the season, logging 34 receptions and 354 yards while failing to catch a touchdown in seven games. He'll look for a long-awaited breakout performance when the Chargers head to Denver for a Thursday night battle in Week 8.
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