The star wide receiver gloats about the projected starting quarterback’s performance during training camp
Los Angeles Chargers wideout Keenan Allen gave his take on the quarterback competition going on at his team’s training camp. Veteran Tyrod Taylor is ahead of rookie Justin Herbert and based on what Allen said, he agrees with that analysis.
The Pro Bowl receiver discussed how Taylor has excelled at throwing the deep ball. “Honestly, I think that’s his best ball, the deep ball. His go route is just money every time. It makes me look like I’m fast when he throws me a go ball, so I think that’s his best ball,” said Allen.
It is well known that Allen is one of the best route runners in the NFL. It is good that he is establishing chemistry with Taylor on throws down the field, as a crisp double move paired with a pretty deep ball could amount to many points for the Chargers.
Keenan Allen likes that Tyrod Taylor takes care of the ball
Another thing the former California Bear added about Taylor is his exceptional care of the football. “He’s a few turnover guy, he doesn’t like to turn the ball over, which is not a problem, especially when he can run and get yards by himself,” Allen said. Turnovers were an issue for Los Angeles last year, having the fourth most giveaways in the NFL in 2019 with 31. They also tied the New York Giants for the worst turnover differential at -17.
Taylor has been known for taking care of the ball when under center. In his three seasons playing with the Buffalo Bills, Tayor never threw more than six interceptions. He was fairly accurate during that time span as well, completing at least 61 percent of his passes. He hasn’t started a game since he was with the Cleveland Browns in 2018, so it will be important for him to continue his exceptional performance at camp when the season starts.
Allen alluded to consistency being key for the presumptive starting quarterback, saying, “Hopefully he can stay consistent and make his plays.” It is obvious that Herbert was brought in to be the future at quarterback for the Chargers. Playing consistently well is the only way Taylor can prolong the Justin Herbert era from beginning.