LA Chargers: How does Philip Rivers’ departure impact leading receivers?
By Brandon Viera
Chargers: Leading receiver Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen put up another incredible season in 2019. Putting up a line of 104 receptions, for 1,199 yards and six touchdowns, he was nothing short of elite all season long.
While it did feel he was underused throughout the season, it was very clear that Rivers viewed Allen as his safety blanket and go to target when he felt no one else was open.
With that being said, now that Rivers and the Chargers have parted ways, Keenan could very well see an increase in targets and yards, while seeing around the same number of touchdowns that we’re used to seeing from him year in and year out.
Regardless of who the Chargers go to at quarterback, a crisp route runner like Allen who is constantly creating separation will be even more of a go-to receiver with a rookie quarterback, a quarterback like Tom Brady, or even Tyrod Taylor as the starter. Allen should see no drop in production at all given the sheer amount of talent he possesses at the position.
With a new quarterback at the helm this season, Allen could be looking at a 115 reception, 1,275 yards and five touchdown season. He’ll be looking to set the tone for a Chargers offense with Shane Steichen calling the plays as the full-time offensive coordinator now.