Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen became PFWA’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and he should win the AP Comeback Player of the Year award, too.
Keenan Allen proved to the world that he is one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the league when healthy.
After tearing his ACL and missing all but one game (one half) last season, the 2013 third-round pick came back strong and silenced all his critics, putting up the best numbers of his young career. Allen finished third in receiving yards (1,393), fourth in receptions (102) and fourth in yards per game (87.1). His six receiving touchdowns were the most since his rookie year.
Not only that, but the 25-year-old Allen finished with a league-high 36 receptions for 552 yards on third down, per ESPN’s Eric Williams. Also, his 512 yards after the catch ranked third among wide receivers (If I were a betting man, I’d say all of those yards came from this one play).
Allen was selected to his first Pro Bowl. Oh, and how can I forget: He set an NFL record..
.@Keenan13Allen is the 1st player in NFL history to have:
✔️10+ catches ✔️100+ receiving yards✔️1+ TD catchin 3 consecutive games. pic.twitter.com/GDUBd0Lvbg
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) December 4, 2017
What does that add up to? Comeback Player of the Year. Allen was voted the 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America. I expect Allen to win the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year award when it’s announced next week.
He’s earned it. Coming into the season, Allen had never played a full, 16-game season. He accomplished that goal while also finishing with the most receptions and the second-most receiving yards in a single season in franchise history. And of all receivers with 100-plus targets, Allen, who had the fifth-most targets (159), had the seventh-best catch percentage (64.2). He also played a huge role in the Chargers winning nine of their last 12 games of the season.
Good for Slayer.