3. 100 receptions per season
There’s great confidence that 100 receptions is obtainable for Allen in every season at this point. In the last three seasons, Allen has had 102, 97, and 104 receptions respectively. In each of those seasons, he placed in the top 10 for receptions. 2019 was actually the high mark for Allen, as he finished only 2nd to Michael Thomas in wideout receptions.
Some might say that Allen’s 2019 production was brought on by the poor supporting cast around him with injuries killing receiver depth, but that’s a compliment to how well he was able to carry the receiver group. That also means that he can create better opportunities for Williams, Joe Reed, and K.J. Hill.
Allen’s consistency also held firm despite a bad year from Philip Rivers. With Rivers throwing 20 interceptions, I can only imagine what Allen’s production might’ve been if that number was halved and the Chargers kept turnovers lower in general.
As a team, the Chargers were the second-worst team in the league when it came to the turnover differential. If Tyrod Taylor and/or Justin Herbert can keep turnovers to a minimum, that could create even more opportunities for Allen and the entire receiving group, even if the Chargers are a run-heavy team.
Having a receiver like Allen in terms of consistency will also be really important for the 2020 season. Reed and Hill aren’t experienced enough yet, especially with the shortened offseason. A veteran wideout being able to carry the load in the face of uncertainty is more crucial for the Chargers than it’s ever been.