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ESPN: Keenan Allen a Clear-cut Number One Wideout

Keenan Allen was viewed as on of the best wide receivers heading into 2018 season according to ESPN reporters.

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Keenan Allen solidified his status as one of the game’s best wide receivers in 2017. He went on a historic three-week run and was among the league leaders in both receptions and receiving yards.

A healthy Allen was a problem for defenses. His route running ability and knack for converting on third down were key for the Los Angeles offense last season.

Looking ahead towards next season, expectations are high for 2017 Comeback Player of the Year. ESPN’s Mike Clay and NFL Nation reporters listed Allen as a “Clear No. 1” receiver heading into the 2018 season.

The list of clear number one options was lengthy, but Allen was near the top of the list. His name was among players like Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Odell Beckham Jr. Clearly, reporters around the country have recognized Allen as a special talent.

ESPN’s Eric Williams had this to say about KA13:

The Cal product appears on track to put up similar-type numbers again this year, looking like the best player on the field during Chargers’ offseason work.

Last season, Allen put up gaudy numbers. Catching 102 passes for 1393 yards and six touchdowns. Should fans expect a repeat season?

Assuming Allen can remain healthy, he may have an even better season. The loss of Hunter Henry will be a big blow to the Chargers are third downs. Rivers will likely be eyeing Allen when the team needs a big play. He could also get some more looks in the red zone without a legitimate tight end option on the roster.

Hopefully a talented receiving corps can follow Allen’s lead. Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams had solid campaigns last season, but 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams has the chance to explode onto the scene.

Where does Keenan Allen rank among the best wideouts in the league? Is he a top-five option? Or does he just miss the cut?