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Twenty-four years ago, then-New York Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson made headlines by releasing an autobiography entitled Just Give Me the Damn Ball! The Fast Times and Hard Knocks of an NFL Rookie. And NFL receivers have been following his lead ever since. The latest pass catcher to take a page from Keyshawn’s book is Chargers veteran Keenan Allen.
“I want the ball,” Allen told media members after Wednesday’s practice.
#Chargers WR Keenan Allen was asked if drops are happening because QB Justin Herbert throws too hard, “He throwing the ball to you, you better catch that s***. I want the ball. Throw that motherf***** however you want to throw it.” pic.twitter.com/Edo3kheSP9
— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) December 1, 2021
Allen was discussing the team’s penchant for dropping passes this season, though he wasn’t exempting himself. He knows he has struggled as well. He’s tied for second in the league with six drops.
Some have speculated that the high velocity on Herbert’s throws is the reason for the drops, but Allen wasn’t interested in making excuses.
“I’ve never been a fan of somebody saying that,” Allen commented. “You gotta catch the ball. If he throws it too hard, go out (to the practice field) and turn the Jugs machine up and get ready to catch the fastballs.”
Allen, who has 81 catches, two touchdowns and nearly 900 yards this season made it clear that a receiver’s job is to catch passes when targeted, regardless of the circumstances – or velocity.
“He throwing the ball to you, you better catch that shit,” said Allen. “I want the ball. Throw that motherf—er however you want to throw it.”
In other words, just give him the damn ball.
Follow along on Twitter: @OhioAF