5. Keenan Allen’s dynamic route running ability
The best part of Allen’s game is easily his route running in my opinion. Everyone has seen those nasty clips of him in each training camp where he burns an opposing corner pretty badly:
But his route running translates into his game more so than many other receivers. Allen and Davante Adams have been the best route running technicians in the league over the last few years.
In FiveThirtyEight’s SOE stat (separation over expected), Allen created 0.58 points of separation in 2017, which was the 2nd best season in the league over the last three seasons. That was second only to Adams’ 2018 season, where he scored 0.65 SOE. In common terms, they create way more separation than the average receiver.
Allen has also averaged 2.7 yards of separation on routes in each of the last three seasons. This was one of Allen’s arguments as to why he was better than someone like Mike Evans, who averages 2.2 yards of separation.
Whether or not you think Allen is more of a complete receiver than some of the other guys around the league, it’s tough to argue against his route running prowess.
Top tier athleticism isn’t a feature of Allen’s game, but his intelligence, timing, and ability to jump off of the line of scrimmage might be second to none around the league.