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Where does Keenan Allen rank among best receiving targets during the Rivers era?

Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) and quarterback Philip Rivers (17) react after a failed third down during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) and quarterback Philip Rivers (17) react after a failed third down during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Considering the recent news concerning Keenan Allen and his new contract with the San Diego Chargers, we’ve decided to come up with a list of the five best receiving targets Philip Rivers has played with during his time as the team’s starting quarterback.

To compile this list, no running backs were considered. Wide receivers and tight ends only. We also only considered players and the numbers they had put up since the 2006 NFL season, the year Rivers took the reigns as the quarterback, following Drew Brees’ departure.

With his new four-year contract extension, Allen will be given every opportunity to be as productive as any wide receiver the team has ever had, let alone that Rivers has thrown to. Staying healthy will be a key to doing that, but Allen has already put together a solid start.

Where does he already fit on this list? Since 2006, Rivers has thrown for 41,299 yards. Many of those have gone to the five guys listed here.

So while you won’t see Chargers greats such as Lance Alworth, Charlie Joiner or Anthony Miller on this list, you’ll see several familiar names. With all of that said, let’s kick it off.

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