Keenan Allen: I want to start
Chargers wide receiver looks to earn impact role as rookie
By Michael Gehlken7:12 p.m.June 24, 2013
Expectations are different for rookie Keenan Allen.
His situation is unlike that of tackle D.J. Fluker, the Chargers' first-round pick, or inside linebacker Manti Te'o, their second-rounder. Both were inserted into the starting lineup immediately upon arriving in San Diego this offseason.
Allen isn't supposed to start Week 1.
That, he said recently, won't keep him from trying.
The wide receiver has a goal once players return to the field July 25 for training camp, and it's a goal that, while unlikely to come to fruition for reasons external to him, is the type the Chargers want from a young player. As a third-round choice, Allen had to wait before entering the NFL. To make an impact, he looks to earn a role so he won't have to again.
"I want to be a starter," Allen said. "I don't want to watch. I want to be part of the moment. I don't want to watch it."
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