Keenan Allen: Richard Sherman is not a shutdown corner

Richard-Sherman-interviewThe San Diego Chargers got the best of the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday, and part of the reason for that was their willingness to throw toward Richard Sherman. Rather than ignoring Sherman’s side of the field completely like the Green Bay Packers did, the Chargers stuck to their game plan and came out on top. And Keenan Allen was apparently not impressed with Sherman’s skills.

After the game, Sherman would not speak with the media but did send a tweet addressing the Chargers players who said he was “exposed.” Allen, who caught five passes for 55 yards, downplayed Sherman’s ability.

“He’s just a normal guy,” Allen said, via ESPN.com’s Terry Blount. “We can go at him. We took some shots at him. We are not going to shy away from him. He’s not really a shutdown corner. We definitely wanted to come out and show we could go any way we wanted to and that we were in control of the game.”

There was one play in particular where Allen beat Sherman on a nice double move (you can watch it here), but Sherman allowed only three catches. Most people wouldn’t call that getting “exposed.” Allen is the Chargers’ No. 1 receiver and was dominant as a rookie last season, so you could even argue that Sherman did his job. Malcolm Floyd didn’t see it that way.

“Keenan was lighting up Sherman,” Floyd said.

I definitely wouldn’t call that type of production “lighting up” anyone, but I will say that Sherman ignoring the media after the game was not a good look. No one loves to talk more when they’re successful than Sherman. If you’re going to talk that much when you win, you shouldn’t run and hide after a loss.

Keenan Allen hurdles Broncos defender to score touchdown (GIF)

Keenan-Allen-hurdleSan Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen is having a phenomenal season. One of his best plays of the season came on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos when he scored a touchdown in the second quarter.

Allen caught a pass from Philip Rivers at around the 18-yard line. Several Broncos defenders closed in on him, seemingly giving the rookie out of Cal no chance of scoring. He thought differently as he hurdled one Denver defender and went right through another en route to the end zone.

With over 60 receptions and closing in on 1,000 yards this season, Allen has all the makings of a true No. 1 receiver.

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Keenan Allen hurdles a man, goes Air Jordan on touchdown (GIF)

Keenan Allen wasn’t about to let anything keep him from scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

The San Diego Chargers rookie receiver caught a pass from Philip Rivers across the middle on 3rd and 6 and saw two Broncos converging on him. He decided the best way to handle the situation was to go airborne, so he took off, hurdled one man, and powered his way into the end zone for a 19-yard score. It was awesome.

Look at how much air he got:

Keenan Allen hurdle

Here’s another angle of the hurdle:

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Week 7 fantasy pickups include Nick Foles, Joseph Randle, Keenan Allen

Nick-Foles-EaglesA number of fairly significant injuries across the NFL in Week 6 should lead to a fairly hot waiver wire in fantasy football leagues heading into Week 7. With offensive approaches becoming more clear, we are now able to tell which sleepers are for real and which ones will likely turn out to be duds. We’re hoping the players on our Week 7 fantasy pickups list turn out to be studs.

Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: Michael Vick missed Philadelphia’s Week 6 game with a hamstring injury, and as many expected Nick Foles filled in admirably. Foles and Vick split most of the first-team reps throughout training camp, so Foles is plenty familiar with Chip Kelly’s offense. He doesn’t have the running ability that Vick has, but he can compensate for that with his superior passing ability. Foles threw for a combined 497 yards and five touchdowns against the Giants and Buccaneers over the past two weeks. More importantly, he has not thrown an interception. He has a good chance to put up solid fantasy numbers in Chip Kelly’s video-game offense. He should make for a great bye week filler if nothing else.

Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys: Surprise, surprise — Demarco Murray has gone down with an injury. He could miss several weeks with a sprained MCL, and backup running back Phillip Tanner is also injured. As a result, Randle is in line to handle most of the work for the foreseeable future. The rookie out of Oklahoma State ran for just 17 yards on 11 carries Sunday night, but he should make for a viable flex play from a pure volume standpoint. The Cowboys move the ball. Any running back that receives most of the carries in an offense that moves the ball is worth rostering.

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Keenan Allen wore an Oakland Raiders hat, and Chargers fans were angry

Keenan Allen Raiders hat

Keenan Allen learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea to offend your fanbase by wearing the hat of a rival team.

Allen, a North Carolina native, played his college ball at Cal and was drafted in the third round by the San Diego Chargers last month. The wide receiver shared a video on Vine of himself eating at In-N-Out burger, but he was wearing an Oakland Raiders hat in the video. Predictably, that didn’t go over well with Chargers fans, who immediately got on his case.

Allen deleted the Vine video and apologized on Twitter:

Rookie move, Allen. Though, he can always claim he was just taking his lead from Tom Brady.

Photo via Dave Palet
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