Philip Rivers made it known that Rookie of the Year hopeful Keenan Allen was his favorite receiver this season. The San Diego Chargers’ third-round pick led rookie receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns (71, 1,046, eight). Allen simply out-produced other rookie wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson, who were taken in the first round.
The storyline of his rise was set in motion as both Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander fell to season-ending injuries. Floyd is very questionable to return to NFL form for his 11th season while Alexander is an impending free agent this offseason.
Besides Allen, there is not much stability in the locker room.
Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown are healthy and remain, but with Allen stepping up into punt return duties, Royal might not be back in a Chargers uniform. Royal primarily plays the slot and though his eight touchdowns were a career high, Allen made him obsolete as the season progressed. Brown has one more year on his rookie contract, but I don’t know what to make of his role in the offense. He had the 2013 campaign to shine, but it’s starting to look like an unnatural fit for Brown.
So there could be an impending need for wide receivers in the offseason. I think they’ll make calls to some of the free agents out there, but the Chargers need to focus on improving the defense. Based on who’s out there and what’s available, Alexander might warrant a one-year deal. Other notable free agent wide receivers warranting a look include Kenny Britt, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Damian Williams.