One of the more popular trends coming out the of the past five years has been this idea of ranking the best offensive “triplets” in the NFL, which usually consists of a quarterback, a running back, and either a tight end or a wide receiver depending on which one is the more solidified top threat downfield.
In a recent ranking of triplets at CBS Sports by NFL analyst Jared Dubin, the Chargers landed firmly in the top-10, settling in at sixth in the entire league thanks to their trio of Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, and Keenan Allen.
For context, the Chargers are one spot behind the Vikings (Kirk Cousins, Dalvin COok, Justin Jefferson) and one spot ahead of the Bills (Josh Allen, Zac Moss, Stefon Diggs).
Here’s what Dubin had to say about the Bolts’ elite triplet:
“Who would have thought these guys would be here, before last season? Herbert put together one of the best rookie quarterback seasons we’ve ever seen, and looks like a star in the making. Ekeler has long been a remarkably efficient runner, and he’s an even better pass-catcher. Allen is one of the best receivers in the league, and the reigning captain of the Always Open Club. We’ll see what changes this offense makes with Joe Lombardi calling the plays, but the talent here is extremely high level. “
Like Dubin said above, not many people would have imagined this grouping to be this high on this list a year ago. In fact, their ranking could have easily been lower due to the injuries sustained by both Ekeler and Allen that kept both from potential career seasons in 2020. If anything, it just goes to show how excited those around NFL circles are about this group and just how high expectations will be in Los Angeles this season.
With the new offense being built by Joe Lombardi and Brandon Staley expected to mirror plenty of concepts from the Saints playbook, the skill sets of both Ekeler and Allen are exactly what it thrives on. Think Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. Both of those players have been near the top of their respective positions for the past few seasons and there’s no reason not to expect a similar output by the Bolts’ stars in 2021.