On Monday, Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon published an article ranking his top-seven wide receivers in the NFL, along with a handful of players named as honorable mentions.
Among those seven top wideouts were zero Chargers. More specifically, the Bolts’ Keenan Allen failed to crack the top group, falling in the honorable mentions with other top players at the position such as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and A.J. Brown.
Here’s what Gagnon had to say about his decision to leave Allen off of the top-seven wideouts:
“The 28-year-old four-time Pro Bowler fell eight yards short of 1,000 yards despite missing two games in 2020. But he hit that mark in each of his three previous campaigns and has caught 100-plus passes in three of his last four seasons. He’s not dominant but is consistently one of the game’s top threats.”
Gagnon is correct in that Allen has been the picture of consistency in the NFL over the past four seasons. His use of the word “dominant” here may be questionable, however. I believe Allen dominates opposing corners in his own way, but it’s true that his dominance is usually limited to within 20-yards of the line of scrimmage. Allen isn’t really a deep threat, but there’s still an argument that it’s not so much his ability as opposed to how he’s been used. We’ve seen him beat corners deep, but it unfortunately doesn’t happen all that often, so I understand those who don’t view him as a 100 percent complete wideout like a Julio Jones or a DeAndre Hopkins.
Anyways, tell me what you all think of this in the comments.
And now for today’s links.
No NFL Combine means more importance placed on individual pro days (Chargers.com)
Chargers mock draft roundup (Chargers.com)
Chargers have ninth-most salary cap space in 2021 (Chargers Wire)
Top free agents the Chargers should target now that J.J. Watt is in Arizona (Bolt Beat)
NFL Nation looks at the offseason game plan for all 32 teams (ESPN)
Aaron Rodgers gifted a small business $1 million (ESPN)
Nine stars who could be traded, along with their best fits (CBS Sports)
Alex Smith may fit best with the Bears (Pro Football Talk)
J.J. Watt is signing with the Cardinals for two years, $31 million (NFL.com)
Texans released Josh McCown (NFL.com)