The signs are pointing for Keenan Allen to receive the AP NFL Rookie of the Year award. This week The Sporting News has announced that the San Diego Chargers‘ wide receiver earned their honor of NFL Rookie of the Year. Their award ballots come from over 500 combined players, coaches and NFL executives.
The Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) already acquiesced the Offensive Rookie of the Year to Allen over Eddie Lacy.
The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award is a purely fan vote a la American Idol, and the AP NFL Rookie of the Year is cast from 50 members of the Associated Press who cover the NFL regularly. Both Rookie of the Year awards are to be announced tomorrow at the NFL Honors presentation along with Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and so on.
The AP awards are cast after the regular season is finished and before the playoffs. So, Allen’s playoff performance of eight receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns becomes null in their eyes.
The strong push for Allen seems to be the underlying story of dropping from first round to the third round because of his health issues at University of California. Slipping to the third round to the Chargers was a blessing to Allen, as he worked his way up the depth chart, effectively adding an offensive weapon for Philip Rivers.