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Chargers: Who is shining bright and who is burning out?

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Chargers: Keenan Allen on a historic pace

In the first quarter of the season, Keenan Allen has averaged 113 yards on 8.5 receptions per game.

To give some context, if Allen manages to maintain this pace, he will end up with the fifth-best single-season of all-time in terms of receiving yards at 1,808.

In the absence of Hunter Henry and other receiving weapons during this season, Allen has completely dominated the middle of the field. His route-running is simply beautiful to witness.

With so many things going in Allen’s favor, what is there to stop him from reaching this historic level of production?

Unfortunately, the lack of receiver help around him could end up holding him back later in the season. Without Henry, Mike Williams, and now Dontrelle Inman at full health, defenses will be able to double-cover Allen more frequently on passing downs.

Allen has shown that he should be in the conversation as a top five receiver in the league, and he is likely to break many of his personal records this year. However, he will not be able to sustain his current pace for the whole year.

Something closer to 110 receptions and 1,500 yards (which would put him at fourth in receiving yardage in the league in 2018) seems more appropriate.

Verdict: Allen’s talent and improvement is legit, but this pace is unsustainable

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