Found October 28, 2013 on Sports Report SoCal:
There were plenty of reasons Keenan Allen was thrilled when he was drafted in the third round by the San Diego Chargers. Among others, he relished the opportunity to play with Philip Rivers, remain in California and enter an offense he thought had the chance to be something special. However, one reason some may not know is that he became a big fan of the Chargers due to his wide receivers coach his final year at Cal; the legendary Wes Chandler, who is a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame. “He was always talking about the San Diego Chargers so I felt comfortable when I was drafted here, I knew I was coming into a good organization and that everything was going to be run the way it is supposed to be run. I know it’s a business, but I knew I was coming into a great situation.” So what was it like to learn at the hands of the Chargers’ great? Keenan’s response, “it was dope.” “It was pretty dope to learn from a legend like him, just to learn his precision and techniques and everything he could throw at me, he’s a Hall of Famer for the San Diego Chargers so I tried to take it all in. We built a great relationship and I still talk to him now.” Chandler played seven seasons for the Bolts from 1981-87. He caught 373 balls for 6,132 yards and 41 touchdowns. Chandler also holds the top two spots in Chargers history for most receiving yards in a single game, recording 260 against the Bengals in 1982 and 243 vs. the Seahawks in 1985. A three-time Pro Bowler with the Bolts, at the time of his retirement he ranked 12th in NFL history in receiving yards and 13th in receptions. So far, Allen is off to a stellar start of his own Chargers’ career. He has 26 receptions for 399 yards and two touchdowns. Besides growing close on a personal level, Allen is eternally grateful he got to have one year under Chandler’s tutelage, stating that he helped him develop into a far better receiver. “He is pretty much my mentor, so to be able to follow his footsteps and come to the Chargers, that is special for me, he taught me how to get in and out of my breaks faster and how not to lose a step when getting out of my break. He taught me about head deception and how to look off a defender by not looking where I’m going but to look him in the eye instead.” Overall, Allen couldn’t imagine what type of receiver he’d be without his year paired with Chandler. “I think I’d be a very different player, so I’m very grateful for the opportunity I was given to learn from him and get to know him.” Allen is off to a great start and with a quarterback like Rivers, could become to Rivers what Marvin Harrison or Reggie Wayne was to Peyton Manning.   Stay in touch with the most passionate staff in the business by following us via Twitter @SRSoCal.  You can also follow JA Dukes at @TheJADUKES.   Follow me on Twitter @TheJADUKES

San Diego Chargers: Bye week crucial to stopping Washington

The San Diego Chargers enter their bye week at 4-3 and are in contention in AFC. They are coming off back-to-back wins and are playing very well in all three aspects, offense, defense, and special teams. Their next opponent is the Washington Redskins (2-5) who were gaining some momentum of their own the past couple weeks after a slow start. The Chargers will have the tough task of...

Chargers’ Donald Butler still not practicing

San Diego Chargers’ inside linebacker Donald Butler has missed two games this season due to a groin injury and looks to be on track to miss his third against Washington. According to Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego, Butler missed practice on Monday. Butler said, like any player would after a bye week, that he’s feeling better but is being cautious. “I’m taking it one...

Live Eval & Film: OL Jon Runyan Jr.

WARMINSTER, Pa. -- Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep class of 2015 offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. is committed to Michigan, and was out to see him play and has game film and a live evaluation.

Alworth Super Bowl ring found

NFL Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is getting back his Super Bowl ring, 25 years after it was stolen. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday the 1971 ring was scheduled to be sold Nov. 20 at an auction house in Laguna Niguel with an opening bid of $44,000. The ring was reported stolen in 1988 from a San Diego bar that displayed sports memorabilia. Investigators...
Chargers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.