Ranking the top five playmakers this century for the Chargers

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3. Keenan Allen, WR, 2013-Present

Slayer is perhaps the shiftiest route runner in the NFL next to new Raiders receiver Davante Adams and one of the craftiest players in space. Already one of the greatest Chargers receivers of all time, Allen has a chance to make more history in 2022 if he can accrue 1,049 receiving yards to pass Pro Football Hall of Famers Charlie Joiner (9,203) and Lance Alworth (9,584) in the Bolts’ record books.

Coming off his fifth-straight Pro Bowl season, Allen is one of the most consistent threats in the NFL after an unfortunate start to his career.

Following a fantastic rookie campaign where he finished as the runner-up in the AP Rookie of the Year ballot, the receiver struggled with injuries and inconsistency in the next three campaigns. After a disastrous end to his 2016 season where he tore his ACL in the season opener against Kansas City (he was torching Marcus Peters), Allen bounced back in a big way in 2017.

Recognized as the AP Comeback Player of the Year after notching a career-high in receiving yards (1,393), Allen was selected to his first Pro Bowl. Allen will be 30 by the time the 2022 season opener rolls around but has shown no signs of slowing down.

With his contract still on the books until 2025, Slayer’s name will be near the top for any substantial Chargers receiving record when it is all over.