Chargers' planned Keenan Allen replacement may have just been revealed

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After trading Keenan Allen and releasing Mike Williams the LA Chargers have one of, if not the, worst wide receiver rooms in the entire NFL. The room currently consists of an inconsistent Joshua Palmer, a second-year player coming off a bad rookie season in Quentin Johnston, and a returner in Derius Davis.

There is no denying that the Chargers need wide receiver help and the team is likely going to utilize the 2024 NFL Draft to find that help. With the fifth overall pick, the Chargers have the chance to take one of the two most exciting wide receiver prospects in recent draft history.

A rookie receiver, regardless of how exciting they are, is not going to be enough to build out a wide receiver room that is talented enough for Justin Herbert. The Chargers also need to add a receiver via free agency and thanks to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, fans now know who the team may be targeting.

Chargers may be targeting Tyler Boyd to replace Keenan Allen

Tyler Boyd is one of several familiar names that are still on the free-agent market and the Chargers are one of several teams who are interested in the former Bengals receiver. As far as quarterbacks go, the only team that has an actual advantage over the Chargers is the Kansas City Chiefs. But from a contending standpoint, the other four teams look like better destinations than LA.

From a talent standpoint, Boyd obviously is not going to be able to replace what Allen did for the Chargers. That being said, stylistically he might be the best fit to at least try and emulate what Allen was doing for Herbert in the passing offense.

Boyd is someone who can generate separation from the line of scrimmage in short and intermediate routes. Last season he averaged 3.1 yards of separation, which isn't great, but was actually the same as what Allen averaged.

At the very least, Boyd would offer the Chargers someone who can play both on the outside and in the slot and can be a target in the short and intermediate areas. He might be the bargain-bin version of Allen, but if the Chargers are going to sign a free-agent receiver they might as well sign someone with a similar style.

Two other prolific options for the team are Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael Gallup. Beckham has ties to Joe Hortiz via his time in Baltimore and is the most talented overall of the receivers available. Gallup is not as talented, but would be a good shout if the Chargers wanted someone to replace Williams' style instead of Allen's.