LA Chargers: Keenan Allen is laughing at those that slight him.
For the last three seasons, LA Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has quietly been one of the best receivers in all of football. He has over 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons and has been named to the Pro Bowl all three years.
Yet for whatever reason, Allen continues to be one of the most overlooked players in all of the NFL. While no Charger fan will legitimately argue that Allen is the best receiver in the league, most recognize that he is a borderline top-five receiver in the NFL.
Not only is Allen getting snubbed from top-five lists but he is starting to get snubbed from top-10 lists, which is even more asinine. Keenan Allen is a top-10 wide receiver in the league. Period. No debates. Move along.
NBC Sports analysts Chris Simms doesn’t think so. Simms recently dropped his top-10 wide receivers heading into the 2020 season and the reactions ensued. It is unclear if it was Simms’ intent to have such a polarizing list, but it certainly was polarizing.
Right away, there is already some weirdness going on at the top of the list. Tyreek Hill over Julio Jones and Michael Thomas? I digress.
Notice how Keenan Allen is not on this list. Neither is DeVante Adams, who was one of the best wide receivers in the league last season and was Aaron Rodgers‘ number one target.
Allen and Adams are undoubtedly two of the top 10 wide receivers in the league and the fact that they did not get put on this list gathered their attention. And it seems as if they have the answer to the question that we already poised: perhaps Simms is doing this to be polarizing.
LA Chargers: Why Keenan Allen belongs in the top 10
The numbers do not lie. Over the last three seasons, Allen is fourth in the league among receivers in receiving yards, is third in receptions and is 16th in touchdowns. The touchdowns are down, sure, but how can you have someone who is in the top four in both yards and receptions not be on a top 10 list?
It is not like he is old, either, as he is only 28 heading into the 2020 season. He is not going to suddenly take a huge step back because of age.
Do you know who has taken a huge step back because of age? A.J. Green, who is the seventh-ranked player on this list. Green did not play last season and has not had a 1,000-yard season since 2017.
Odell Beckham Jr. is another questionable induction to this list. Beckham is definitely one of the most well-known and polarizing receivers in the league, but I wouldn’t even say he is the best receiver on the Cleveland Browns. Beckham is absolutely a top 15 or so receiver but sixth in the league? That is ludicrous.
Keenan Allen has over 300 more receiving yards, two more touchdowns and 50 more receptions than Beckham over the last two seasons.
At this point, all we can do is laugh like Keenan Allen that he was not included on Chris Simms’ top 10 list. Luckily for LA Chargers fans, it will just be another source of motivation for Slayer.