In 2016, the Chargers offense was one of the most effective in the entire league. The Bolts were nothing short of electrifying with Philip Rivers and company. The LA team has a plethora of dangerous offensive weapons, and now add another with the return of receiver Keenan Allen from a season-ending ACL injury a year ago. Allen will rejoin Rivers alongside fellow 1,000-yard receiver Tyrell Williams, first round pick Mike Williams and the promising young tight end, Hunter Henry.
The 2016 season was cut extremely short for Allen who suffered the injury in the first half of the season opener. Now, finally back at full strength just in time for camp, the receiver will look to pick up where he left off in 2015 when he suffered a first season-ending kidney injury on a leaping touchdown grab. Through eight weeks in 2015, Allen had already snagged 67 catches which was good for third best all time. Allen hopes to stay healthy in 2017 adding to his career numbers of 221 catches, 2,617 yards, and 16 touchdowns. At 25, the player should still have several years to improve those numbers and help the Chargers fight for a return to the playoffs.
Known for his route running and separation abilities, Allen will be a valuable addition for the Chargers as long as they can figure out how to best utilize the powerful combination of weapons. Training camp will go a long way to answer questions about Allen’s health and his place in the offense. By any means, this return is great news for Chargers fans. The team has suffered disappointing finishes over the last few years, missing the playoffs and finishing last in the division the last two years. With any luck and continued good health, Allen could be the force that pushes the team over the top.