LA Chargers that need to step up during the 2022 season

By Sean Basile
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5. WR Keenan Allen

Finally, I have to put the onus back on our man Keenan Allen. He led the league in drops last season in part thanks to a heavy workload.

This year, the receiving core is not much different than what it was in 2021, so it appears the workload could be virtually the same for Allen.

It's only going to take a few slight adjustments for the Bolts to get themselves over the top this season, make the playoffs, possibly win the division, and contend for a Super Bowl. So, something, as underappreciated as cutting those drops in half, is going to go a long way towards the Chargers achieving their aspirations this year.

Allen is a perennial thousand-yard receiver year after year, but last season he posted his lowest catch percentage (67.5%) since 2017 (64.2%) and the 3rd lowest of his career.

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Justin Herbert has an overpowering arm at times. Allen dealt with a lot of double teams last year thanks to the lack of depth at receiver. But a player of his caliber cannot be leading the league in drops if this team is going to finally get over the hump and play for a championship.