Chargers WR Keenan Allen described as ‘absolutely special’ by former NFL star
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is not often mentioned as one of the premier players at his position. Regardless, his efforts have not gone unnoticed by his fellow competitors and those that pay close attention.
Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst James Jones is among those that have acknowledged Allen’s status after naming him as the No. 4 wideout heading into the 2020 NFL season, via Gavino Borquez:
“Keenan Allen off the line of scrimmage and his route-running is absolutely special,” Jones said. “Every time you see Allen catch a ball, you really don’t see a defensive back too close to him because he is special at getting separation and special at making tough catches.”
James notes the fact that Allen isn’t given the recognition that he deserves because he plays for a team that “doesn’t win a lot of games.”
It is no secret that the Chargers have struggled to make an impression on their new home since the relocation. Jones’ comments indicate that this plays a part in Allen being overlooked in the conversation regarding then NFL’s best receivers.
Fortunately, Allen has the numbers to back up Jones’ ranking after finishing the 2019 campaign with his third consecutive 1,000-yard season en route to Pro Bowl honors during that span. He will now play an integral role in serving as a stabilizing factor for the Chargers under center since they opted to part ways with Philip Rivers this offseason.
Another big year from Allen would not only provide further evidence of his elite status, but it would also set him up for a massive payday once he hits free agency after this season.