6. No one else on the roster can be WR1 (at this point)
Williams was terrific as the second wide receiver last year. He put up his first 1000 yard season on just 49 catches. When it comes to the deep ball, he is one of the best go up and get it guys in the league. Supposedly, Williams also worked with Hopkins in the offseason to improve on his game.
That’s all well and good, but he isn’t quite ready to be the first receiver yet. Williams has had breakout moments, but sometimes lacks in consistency from week to week. Frankly, even if it came at the expense of a potential 1000 yard season, I’d like to see more short to medium receptions than all deep ball. He still needs Allen as the first receiver.
Reed and Hill may develop into two great receivers down the road, but they’re still rookies with quite a lot to learn and improve on. Having Allen as the starter is key to giving them more opportunities to get open and show what they have in their respective toolboxes.
A lot of fans see a version of “Slayer” when they watch Hill tape from his career at Ohio State, but 90+% of his snaps came from the slot. Hill needs to work the entire field to become an effective first receiver.
The LA Chargers need to re-sign Allen as the first receiver at all costs. Even if they have to go as high as say $24 million per season, it would be worth it. Allen’s proven himself to be an elite receiver who can stay healthy in each of the last three seasons. Over that time, he also has become a lock for 100 receptions a year.
Allen will be incredibly important in the development of Herbert, and his timing ability on routes could aid the rookie quarterback enormously. In terms of route running technicians, there’s not many better than No. 13, other than perhaps Adams. Finally, no one else on the Chargers is currently ready to take the first receiver mantle from Allen, and they all benefit from him being there.