Keenan Allen

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

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(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Michael Thomas

I am probably going to get some flak from putting Michael Thomas at number one unless there is a New Orleans Saints fan reading this article. Personally, if I had to pick one receiver to build my team around just for the 2020 season, it would be Michael Thomas.

The biggest criticism of Thomas is that he only runs short routes (particularly slants) and that is why his numbers were so high last season. And while Thomas did run a lot of underneath stuff, he not only was elite in catching the football but was great in extending those plays while also being a solid deep threat.

Thomas has had more yards after completion than Jones has in each of the last two seasons. Julio is used in deeper routes, averaging 12.2 yards of depth (how far downfield he is) on his targets whereas Thomas averages just 8.1 yards of depth on his targets.

I am just not the guy to knock Michael Thomas because of how his coach wants to draw up the offense. At the end of the day, Thomas still set an NFL record in receptions last season with 149 and led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,725, the most since Julio’s 1,871 in 2015.

In his prime, Julio was more dynamic than Thomas and could make more things happen, but Julio is no longer in his peak prime whereas Thomas is just entering it. Thomas has the surest hands in football and is putting up record-setting numbers. He has been a first-team All-Pro the last two seasons and is first in receiving yards, receptions and is second in touchdowns over those two seasons.

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Michael Thomas is the best wide receiver in football and is one of the three that are better than LA Chargers wideout Keenan Allen. That is it.

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