For the second time this season,
So is he finally delivering on his potential? Oh, who knows?
Here are the positives for Allen: With another nine targets in Week 12, he has averaged 10.8 over his last five games, a clear improvement from his first six, and his primary competition for red-zone looks, tight end Antonio Gates, has been conspicuously absent the last three weeks.
Here are the negatives for Allen: Even with all those extra targets, he has still averaged just 69.0 yards over his last five games, and quarterback Philip Rivers has stopped throwing touchdown passes not just to Gates but in general.
I have enough confidence in Rivers and the Chargers offense as a whole to keep Allen on my roster, but I'm not activating him based on this performance.
Allen drew a team-high nine targets and has 33 catches over the last five games. He'll visit the Ravens in Week 13.
Allen continues to be limited to short- and medium-length plays, and his long reception in the win went for just 13 yards. He's had just one game this season with a reception of 20 yards or more, and Sunday's performance will drag his per-catch average underneath 10 yards. Despite the lack of big plays, Allen has averaged more than 11 targets over his last four games. His next chance for a breakout comes in Week 12 against the Rams.
Allen was held under 50 receiving yards for the third time in five games. He was targeted a team-high nine times and finished with four catches for 47 yards. He has 47 catches for 474 yards and a touchdown on the season.
The Chargers will head into a bye week before facing the Raiders in Week 10.
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.
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