Monday, November 29, 2021

Chargers Don’t Worry About Keenan Allen’s Catch Issues

He made only five of 21 shot attempts last month in the Golden State’s opening season win over the Lakers.

Two days later, Stephen Curry went 16 of 25 for 45 points, beating the Clippers.

With these numbers in mind, coach Brandon Staley tempered any concerns about Keenan Allen, the usually reliable Chargers receiver, who finished second in the NFL with six falls in week 9.

Staley, a former high school basketball standout in Ohio, likened Allen’s performance to the drop-downs that an NBA player like Curry could experience.

“It’s just not an easy task because he’s such a fantastic player with fantastic hands,” Staley said. “So I think it’s more of a deviation from the norm.”

He later added, “Keenan Allen will be fine.”

Losing games in a row, the Chargers’ attack was repeatedly sounded. The group has produced more three and strikeouts (six) than touchdowns (four), falling in Baltimore and New England.

The fight unfolded with two respected defensive coaching staffs, but also just after the Chargers set Cleveland on fire with 47 points, a flash that included three touchdowns in the past eight minutes.

Defender Justin Herbert’s productivity has plummeted due to regular pressure, an abundance of defensive disguises and too many falls.

Along with Allen, wide receiver Mike Williams has missed five assists, while Tythend Jared Cook has missed three, according to Pro Football Focus.

Chargers-hitting Keenan Allen loses the ball after being hit by New England Patriots defender Miles Bryant during the Chargers’ defeat on Sunday.

(Robert Gaultier / Los Angeles Times) #

On Sunday against the Patriots, running back Austin Ekeler failed to secure a pass that slipped out of his hands and ended in an interception. Allen and Williams also couldn’t handle third down shots that would have increased their attack time.

“You know you have good players and you’ll get out of it because these guys are going to play,” said offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. “I don’t think we will have drops like this all the time.”

Offensive problems have arisen as the Chargers continue to search for a third receiver to complement Allen and Williams. The need for this has been made clear by recent statistics from Williams.

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Since his best-performing season opener, he has just four hauls at 46 yards and no touchdowns in his last two games. Williams suffered a knee injury last month but has since declared himself healthy.

“I don’t think there has been a major change in the player compared to what you’ve seen before …” Lombardi said. “You know, the sample size is small. I think he will soon be back in statistics with great success. “

A year ago, the Chargers forced Tyrone Johnson and Jalen Guyton to act as fast, deep threats, with three hits at least 53 yards away.

Johnson has been unable to make the squad this season and is currently mostly on the bench at Jacksonville. Guyton only has 10 receptions for 139 yards after 28 passes for 511 yards in 2020.

In April, the Chargers selected Tennessee’s Joshua Palmer in round three, a rookie using little for the first five weeks.

But he played actively against Baltimore after Williams left as a precautionary measure due to a knee problem. Palmer then made his first career touchdown on Sunday.

He beat two New England defenders 50/50 when the Chargers closed the score 27-24 in the last minute. The comeback attempt ended when the Patriots played the ensuing offside hit.

“It was definitely a special moment,” Palmer said. “If we got the extra blow and could draw, that would be better.”

Staley said both Palmer and Guyton regularly stay after training to work longer with Herbert, and the three are trying to forge a closer relationship. Such a commitment, Staley suggested, could only help Chargers re-discover their manufacturing.

“It will be good for our attack,” he said. “We need this from Josh and Jalen to support Mike and Keenan so that we are on the offensive that we are capable of.”


Herbert returned to training as a full-fledged competitor after being restricted on Wednesday due to an arm injury caused by a throw. He injured himself late in the game on Sunday. … Starting corner-backs Michael Davis (hamstring) and Asante Samuel Jr (concussion protocol) remain on the sidelines. Back-up safety Alohi Gilman (ankle) and No. 2 runner Justin Jackson (quads) also did not exercise.

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