The injury bug was well-acquainted with Keenan Allen before this season. Allen suffered a season-ending kidney injury in Nov. 2015. During the Chargers’ season opener in 2016, Allen tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season.
But Allen burst back onto the scene in a big way in 2017. That’s why he is the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, the league announced Saturday.
Allen possesses a rare blend of size, speed, athleticism, and route-running prowess. At 6’2, he has the speed to run deep routes. But he can also run intermediate routes to move the chains on third downs. Just watch how No. 13 lines up in the slot, catches the ball, and turns upfield for a first down against the Buffalo Bills.
Allen only caught six touchdown passes this season, but he’s always a threat to score. He doesn’t have to run deep routes to score. Once Allen catches the ball and cuts upfield, he is almost impossible to tackle. The Dallas Cowboys witnessed that firsthand.
Hawks: Failed to score at least 100 points after seven consecutive games over the century mark, the best such stretch since a streak of nine games in 2016. . F/C John Collins has 143 offensive rebounds, which leads all NBA rookies. The next closest player is Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons at 100. . G Dennis Schroder, the team’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game, is one of just three players in the league to amass at least 90 steals and 40 blocks. The Pacers’ Victor Oladipo and Simmons are the other two.
Pacers: Improved to 21-11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and assured themselves of a winning record at home for the 29th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the NBA. . New Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, hired 12 days ago, was in attendance and received rousing applause when he was shown on the arena’s video screens. . Oladipo extended his franchise-record steal streak to 42 games with an opening-quarter theft.