"One thing for him that's going to be key -- and I think he knows this -- is not to relax and think you're going to just duplicate that year," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. "They’re going to know where No. 13 is, have a plan for him and try to take away the things he does well."
Allen said a primary focus has been improving his speed. One reason Allen dropped to the third round in the 2013 draft is that he ran a slow time in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. Still recovering from a knee issue that cut short his final season at Cal, Allen was timed at about 4.65 seconds.
Allen believes he is faster now and fully healthy.
"I mean if you run a 4.3 or 4.4, that obviously says that you're fast," Allen said. "But a 4.6 guy can still make their way into the league. Some of the best receivers in the league ran a 4.5 or 4.6. So now that I'm healthy, I'm pretty sure I'm faster than 4.6."
Allen had 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
"When you’re a young player and had the success he did, now he’s got a bulls-eye on his back," McCoy said. "Everybody is going to know where he is every play. The success he had, that comes with the territory. And that’s a good problem to have. Then again, now you have to get in that much better shape. Now you’re going to see a double team here and there. You’re going to see the best corner on you. You have to work that much harder now. Now it’s all the little fine details that we’ve been talking about that you might have gotten away with in the past. Now when you get matched up with the best corners in the league you have to be at your best every week because they’re going to know where you are."
The PFWA also named Allen to the All-Rookie team. Allen had a strong season for San Diego, catching 71 balls for 1046 yards and eight touchdowns.
Shut out in the first half,
Allen caught a pair of 16-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter and hauled in a 49-yard bomb. He was targeted a team-high nine times.
Having established himself as Philip Rivers' favorite receiver, Allen finishes his rookie year with 10 touchdowns.
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