NFL Network has revealed 60 players on its annual Top 100 Players list and right now, at No. 41, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is the highest name on the list.
Allen had an incredible 2017 season and if you had him on your fantasy team, you may have won a championship. But what he brought to the Chargers was invaluable and was as big a reason as any as to why the team was able to factor into the postseason race all the way up until the end.
Take a look at NFL Network’s video recap of Allen’s season.
✔️ Pro Bowl ✔️ Comeback Player of the Year ✔️ #NFLTop100
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) May 29, 2018
He had at least 10 receptions, 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in three consecutive games. Do you know how many other receivers have accomplished that feat in the history of the league? Zero.
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Allen finished fourth in the league in receptions with 102 and third in receiving yardage after posting 1,393 yards through the air. Those stats are all the more impressive when you consider that Allen missed basically a season and a half due to injuries.
His efforts helped him become the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
Adding an element to the offense that was clearly missing, perhaps no one on the team was happier to see Allen back than quarterback Philip Rivers. He targeted Allen 159 times last season. Only four players had the ball thrown to them more often.
Coming into 2018, expectations will be sky high for Allen, but he has the tools to meet and even exceed those expectations.
Allen becomes the fourth member of the Chargers to appear on the list so far, joining Melvin Ingram (No. 76), Casey Hayward (No. 59) and Rivers (No. 56).
Will any other Chargers appear in the top 40?