Wide receivers – Orange County Register

Few Chargers were as valuable to the offense as Keenan Allen, who ended the season as one of the league’s top receivers.

Six months ago, many were fans were simply hoping he could stay on the field.

Allen did that — and much more — in his fifth season, playing a full 16-game slate for the first time in his career and clinching NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He caught 102 passes, a franchise record, and finished third in the league in receiving yards. And just before Thanksgiving, he launched a streak that was unprecedented in NFL history: three straight games with at least 10 catches, 100 yards and a touchdown.

After losing most of his prior two seasons to season-ending kidney and knee injuries, Allen may be blossoming into one of the sport’s perennial stars. Even better for the Chargers future? He is still two months away from his 26th birthday.

2017 STARTERS: Keenan Allen (102 receptions, 1,393 yards, 8 touchdowns), Tyrell Williams (43 receptions, 728 yards, 4 touchdowns)

RESERVES: Travis Benjamin (34 receptions, 567 yards, 4 touchdowns), Mike Williams (11 receptions, 95 yards, 0 touchdowns), Geremy Davis (2 appearances).

PENDING FREE AGENTS: Tyrell Williams (restricted), Isaiah Burse (restricted) Geremy Davis (restricted).

GRADING 2017

Allen earned his first Pro Bowl nod, but the rest of the Chargers’ receiving corps was underwhelming. Travis Benjamin, one of the team’s highest-paid players, was boom-or-bust on both offense and special teams. Tyrell Williams, who broke out for 1,000 yards last year after Allen tore his ACL, took a step back. Mike Williams, the No. 7 overall pick, never found his rhythm as a rookie.

The Clemson product might have been the most disappointing member of the Chargers’ 53-man roster. A herniated disc in his lower back robbed him of his entire offseason, hampering his ability to develop chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers. After he made a career-high five catches in Week 11, a knee injury sidelined him again…

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