Chargers WR Stevie Johnson’s versatility could free up Keenan Allen


The addition of Stevie Johnson to the Chargers offense could free up Keenan Allen on some of his matchups. 

The addition of Stevie Johnson this offseason has been flying under the radar with all the other stuff surrounding the team. Eric Weddle needs a new contract. All that Carson talk. We were talking about Philip Rivers and the possibility of him getting traded earlier in the year. We have the addition of Melvin Gordon on the team. We signed Orlando Franklin to bolster the offensive line. We still are hoping that someone will kick Johnnie Troutman to the bench up front, but Johnson’s addition came around and then slipped in the background.

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Johnson is going to be a key player on offense. When Eddie Royal decided to dip out of town for the windy city, the Chargers scrambled to find someone else that could step in the slot and make plays on offense. The top priority was Johnson. They want him to be that playmaker for the team.

While Johnson was with the Buffalo Bills, he was the team’s top playmaker and posted a couple of 1000+ yard seasons. He has the ability to be a really good offensive threat for the Chargers. He can play in the slot and can also play outside. That makes him a more versatile weapon on offense than Eddie Royal.

That versatility could allow Keenan Allen to move around on the offense and allow him to get some work in the slot. Allen has had some of the top corners in the game mirror him last season, but adding another threat on offense and having the ability to move him around could free him up more this season. Putting Allen in the slot would allow him to use his quickness to shake free from coverage and allow him to get free in the open field.

I look forward to the combination of Johnson and Allen on the field. Johnson should be able to fill the shoes that were left by Eddie Royal and will also add more versatility to the offense. If Philip Rivers and Johnson can get on the same page quickly, than we could see some magic happen.

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