The new NFL season is set to kick off, with the Detroit Lions facing the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. A flurry of games awaits on Sunday, and among them is the Los Angeles Chargers’ season opener against the Miami Dolphins at Sofi Stadium.
This year, the Chargers hold high aspirations, building on their successful previous season that culminated in a postseason appearance. Their collective effort and good health will be pivotal in realizing these goals. A key figure in this endeavor is All-Pro wide receiver Keenan Allen.
Though Keenan Allen played only ten games last season, his exceptional skill remains undeniable. David Latham of Last Word on Sports emphasizes that Allen’s talent might be overlooked by some—a sentiment that Latham doesn’t share.
Throughout the last six NFL seasons, Allen has consistently posted over 1,000 receiving yards in four of them. Moreover, he has achieved a minimum of 100 catches in four of the past six years.
“Keenan Allen might not be the most exciting name on the list of most underrated players in the NFL, as aging veterans aren’t nearly as exciting as untested youth. However, based on all the advanced metrics out there, Keenan Allen still has a few more good years left in his tank. Last year, the former third-round pick finished with a 27.8% target rate and a 28.4% target share while recording 2.35 yards per route run and an 84.8 PFF grade. Now that he has a NFL-caliber offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore, Allen should receive better targets and more scoring opportunities.”
Keenan Allen continues to be a prime target for the Chargers, offering a secure option for quarterback Justin Herbert. With the support of other talented receivers such as Mike Williams, Allen’s performance is expected to flourish this year. The Chargers’ offensive strategy revolves around a dynamic passing game, with Allen taking the lead role. Disregarding Allen’s capabilities might prove costly, as he aims to demonstrate his impact this season, provided he remains fit and on the field.