Who will make the Pro Bowl next year for the Chargers?
By Scott Iger
Less likely, but possible:
Nov 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks to pass during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego won 43-35. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
QB Philip Rivers
The Chargers’ quarterback is widely regarded as consistently one of the best quarterbacks in the league, making himself a Pro Bowl candidate each and every year.
In eight of Rivers’ last nine seasons, he has thrown for over 4,000 yards, and he sits 12th on the all-time list of passing yards with 45, 833 yards through his illustrious career.
Strong play over such a long period of time has given the Rivers the chance of being a Pro Bowler every year, and next year is no exception.
Aug 28, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) rests on the sidelines in the game with the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
WR Keenan Allen
Coming off a season-ending injury from Week 1 last season, Allen’s situation with the Chargers is very interesting.
In his absence, breakout receiver Tyrell Williams took on the role of the top receiver, exhibiting his talents and creating a Pro Bowl argument for himself. While Allen’s return will likely see him as the top receiver, he has certainly lost some reliability.
Many maintain the belief that Allen when healthy can be a top-10 receiver in the league, and I believe that a healthy season next year could land Allen in Orlando come January.
Jan 1, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (right) congratulates Hunter Henry after he scored a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chiefs won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
TE Hunter Henry
Although splitting touches with future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, Henry managed to accumulate almost 500 yards and eight touchdowns, the second-most scores among all rookies.
While Henry is likely to see an uptick in production, the continued presence of Gates slightly hinders his chances of making the Pro Bowl. Depending on just how big that uptick is, we could see Henry make his debut in the Pro Bowl.
Dec 11, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward (26) breaks up a pass intended for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Casey Hayward/Jason Verrett:
Both Hayward and Verrett are former Pro Bowlers who have exhibited their potential to be top corners in the league.
When healthy, Verrett is widely regarded as a shutdown corner, as his abilities were so strong that he was able to make the Pro Bowl in only his second season. If he can remain healthy, he should continue to consistently guard top receivers, giving himself an opportunity to make his second appearance.
In his first year with the Chargers, Hayward amassed a league-leading seven interceptions, and that impressive stat alone was enough to get him the Pro Bowl nod. While it is rather unlikely that Hayward will be able to get that many interceptions again next season, he could still reach the Pro Bowl by continuing his strong play.
Let us know in the comments which Chargers players you think we could see in the Pro Bowl next year and why.