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LA Chargers: Top five players from the 2020 season

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2. Keenan Allen

Personally, I think you could flip Bosa or Allen if you wanted. Both missed a few games due to injury, but Allen’s absences were localized towards the end of the season with COVID affecting some key Chargers.

Allen fell just eight yards shy of his of what would’ve been his fourth consecutive 1000 yard season. 992 yards is still incredibly impressive though, especially when you consider the fact that he missed two games. In my opinion, you could argue that he really missed three considering the condition of his hamstring vs. Las Vegas in Week 15.

2020 was just the third season in Allen’s career that he had 4+ games of 100+ receiving yards. His biggest accomplishment in many ways was Herbert’s development. I’m sure Herbert would’ve still been good regardless of who his receivers were, as the talent was always there.

Allen was that lethal weapon that he never had at Oregon though. Sometimes, Allen was so great at getting open and releasing off the line that Herbert would stare him down too often.

I wasn’t sure how Allen’s game would click with a non-Rivers quarterback for the first time in his career. A lot of his game is route running, precision, and timing. Of course, everyone knew that he was still a bonafide top ten receiver, arguably top five. Being partially responsible for a rookie quarterback soaring to new heights might be the greatest feat of his career though.

Mr. 3rd Down was also great at converting when it was needed. Allen was the second highest graded wideout on the money down, only behind Davante Adams.

Highest-graded WRs on 3rd down:1. Davante Adams – 91.52. Keenan Allen – 89.7

— PFF (@PFF) December 17, 2020

Allen has the most third down conversions in the league over the last four years, leading the field by 14.