Keenan Allen

LA Chargers: The only 3 receivers that are better than Keenan Allen

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(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Julio Jones

I think that most people probably consider Julio Jones as the best wide receiver in the league but I consider him the second-best. Again, at this point, we are really splitting hairs, but there are a few reasons why I put Jones second behind a division-rival, which we will dive into.

As far as Jones is concerned, he was the best wide receiver of the 2010s and is absolutely a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Prime Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in NFL history and while he is still absolutely elite, I think he is slightly outside of that prime window.

That is not to say that Jones has not been great in recent years, though. He finished with 1,394 receiving yards on 99 receptions with six touchdowns in 15 games in 2020. That is a year removed from Jones leading the league in receiving yards with 1,677 in 2018.

Jones ranks first in receiving yards, 18th in receiving touchdowns and fourth in receptions over the last three seasons.

Jones is going to be 31 this season and while he still has, most likely, another 3-4 1,000-yard seasons in him, I think this is the year where we start to see a regression in his production, albeit it a small one.

It will be small enough where he still has 1,300 receiving yards and is the second-best wide receiver in the league. However, after the 2020 season, I think one guy will finally get his retractors to buy in on him being the best receiver in football while I think he already is.

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