Rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen is playing catch-up with the San Diego Chargers, according to Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego. Allen has practiced with the Chargers 11 times, and has asserted himself at times, but "looks uncertain" at others.
Allen is competing for playing time to catch passes from Philip Rivers, who had a down year in 2012 thanks in part to struggling receivers. Rivers' top target was likely going to be Danario Alexander this season, but he suffered an ACL injury, leaving some big questions at the position.
Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown are Allen's top competition for playing time, but the rookie was made a high draft pick for a reason: the team wants him to succeed. A clearer picture of where he's at will be had once he catches some passes during preseason games.
Fantasy Impact: As part of the group of strong receivers to enter this draft, Allen was always more of a "could break out" option for fantasy owners. The news that he's struggled at times in camp will send him even further down potential draft boards. He shouldn't be anywhere close to a top option, especially given that rookie receivers tend to either pick the game up right away and succeed, take a few seasons to hit stride of, you know, fail completely.