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Torrence Allen Ready to Make His Last Stand

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For every feel-good NFL story, there are thousands of untold tales of players who left it all on the field but didn’t do quite enough to suit up on Sundays.

The Chargers will sign many of theses type of players as free agents after the draft, but one such player already battling at the brink is WR Torrence Allen.

Nicknamed “Silence” in college, Allen made plenty of noise as a senior at West Texas A&M in 2013, hauling in 123 catches for 12 touchdowns and a staggering 1,668 yards — second in the nation.

There’s no doubt this prolific production is why Tom Telesco signed the small-school receiver back in 2014, but thus far, Allen has not made much more than a whisper at the NFL level.

In training camp last year, Allen impressed with his speed in individual drills (he ran a 4.44 40 at his Pro Day) and used his 40-inch vertical jump to great effect, snagging balls out of the air. Allen flashed the ability to get open in 11-on-11 drills while working primarily with the third-string offense.

Then again, catching passes against the likes of CBs Richard Crawford and Jordan Mabin isn’t much to write home about, and Allen dropped more than his fair share of passes.

The 6’0″, 183-lb. receiver did even less to impress in the preseason. Appearing in five preseason games, Allen has only managed four receptions for 34 yards and a fumble.

Ultimately, Allen never stood out much in the crowd of wide receivers the Chargers brought into training camp in 2015, finishing solidly behind both Tyrell Williams and Javontee Herndon.

Being added to the practice squad the past two seasons and being re-signed to a reserve/futures contract this year clearly means San Diego sees something in the 24-year-old receiver, but 2016 isn’t going to be any easier.

With seven receivers already ahead of him on the depth chart, all with more experience and perhaps more potential, Allen’s play will have to be a lot less silent to have the faintest chance of cracking the 53-man roster.

About Trenton Villanueva

A San Diego native, Trenton Villanueva graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in the hydraulic principles of the keg. Prior to writing for SDBR, he covered sports news for FanSided and wrote music reviews for the San Diego State Daily Aztec.

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