Throughout the last week, the analysts of Pro Football Focus have slowly released the NFL players named to their list of 101 best players from the last decade. On Twitter, you can find all the players announced by searching the hashtag “PFFAllDecade101”.
As far as the Chargers go, the first player named to the list was wide receiver Keenan Allen at #83. He landed one spot above Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari and one spot below Saints blindside protector Terron Armstead. Other notable players that were ranked below Allen include former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, former Bears cornerbak Peanut Tillman, former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., and current Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr.
As a rookie in 2013, Allen recorded 1,046 yards on 71 catches and a career-high eight touchdowns. In 2014, he regressed a bit, totaling 783 receiving yards which still stands as the lowest total of his career when playing at least 14 games. The following year, Allen played in just under eight games before lacerating his kidney but was on a historic pace 67 catches for 726 yards and four scores.
After missing the entire 2016 season, Allen has been the picture of consistency for the Bolts, averaging 101 catches, 1,263 yards, and six touchdowns.
He’s heading into his age-28 season while hoping to continue being the favorite target of whomever ends up under center in 2020.
Now for some links.
Gavino Borquez discusses the five most-winnable games for the Bolts in 2020 (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed highlights the four best one-hit wonders in Chargers franchise history (Bolt Beat)
Geoffrey Arnold talks about how thrilled QB coach Pep Hamilton is to work with Justin Herbert (Oregon Live)
Jason Reed isn’t completely leaning into the apparent greatness of the Chargers secondary in 2020 (Bolt Beat)
Scott Polacek details how QB coach Pep Hamilton compares Justin Herbert to Vinny Testaverde (Bleacher Report)
Florida Governor announces that the state would welcome any professional sports team that needs a place to play (Pro Football Talk)
Jonathan Jones details how players and personnel are all preparing for a big salary cap hit due to the coronavirus in 2021 (CBS Sports)