In this series, I’m going to be choosing my five favorite Chargers on the current roster. Coming in at No. 2 is…
There’s been a ton of talk about the defense. I’m about to switch gears.
My second favorite current Charger happens to be on offense. He just showed the world how good he really is after finally being able to stay on the field. And his name is: KEENAN ALLEN.
I love me some Keenan Allen. Always have. He was a steal in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s been ravaged by some unlucky injuries, which caused him to miss but he’s now regarded as one of the best receivers in the game after his 2017 performance.
Allen, 26, finished third in the league in receiving yards (1,393), fourth in receptions (102) and fourth in yards per game (87.1). He set records for the most receptions and the second-most receiving yards in a single season in Chargers’ history. He also set an NFL record with at least 10 catches, 100 receiving yards and one touchdown in three consecutive games, per NFL Research.
Yeah, Slayer was good. He was damn good. And the 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year knows how good he is.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 31, 2018
He may not be the best wideout in the league right now, but I’d put him in my top five. He’s a huge part in why this offense is good. His route-running is impeccable and he’s amazing in the open field. You expect a big play every time the ball is in his hands. How can you not get excited when you see something like this?
Receiver has always been my favorite position in football, which makes sense why I’d put him here. And like Bosa, I love Allen’s personality, energy and competitive nature. He just seems like a fun guy on and off the field. He’s also a guy who players can look up to. He’s been mentoring a fired up Mike Williams, the Chargers’ 2017 first-round pick who disappointed in his rookie year. According to several reports, Williams has looked like a different player at organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.
As for Allen, he just needs to continue to stay healthy. It sucked watching him down on the field two seasons ago, and it took a ton of hard work, motivation and passion to come back the way he did.
I can’t wait for what he’s going to do in 2018.