Rivers played 15-plus games without having Keenan Allen in the lineup. Allen tore his ACL in the first game of the season, leaving him with just six catches for 63 yards to show for the year.
Allen, who also missed eight games with a lacerated kidney in 2015, was working on the field with the team during OTAs this spring and Rivers said he doesn’t think anyone will notice a difference in the wideout’s play.
“I really think he looks as good as he did before he got hurt,” Rivers said on The Rich Eisen Show.
In nine games he’s played over the past two seasons – yes, injuries are obviously a red flag – Keenan Allen has averaged 8.1 receptions for 88 yards and 0.44 TD (19.5 PPG). For his career, he is averaging 5.8 catches for 69 yards and 0.42 TD (15.3 PPG). If he stays healthy, he should provide low-end WR2 numbers, but has WR1 upside. The emergence of Tyrell Williams is a concern for Allen’s volume.