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Chargers’ Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa named AFC Pro Bowlers – Press Telegram

The Chargers signed wide receiver Keenan Allen and defensive end Joey Bosa to lucrative contract extensions before the 2020 season. The star players backed those financial commitments by ending the season with Pro Bowl honors.

Allen was named to his fourth consecutive AFC Pro Bowl on Monday after another season with 100 receptions. He’s also on pace for a fourth consecutive year with more than 1,000 receiving yards. Allen has 100 catches, 992 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Most importantly for Allen, he’s on the verge of playing in every game the past four seasons. Allen made consistency and availability his yearly primary goals after tearing his ACL in the season opener of the 2016 season in Kansas City. Allen has done that and was rewarded with a four-year, $80 million contract extension from the Chargers and another Pro Bowl bid from the league and fans.

Bosa, who signed a five-year, $135 million extension, was named to his third overall and second consecutive Pro Bowl. He was also recognized as a starting defensive end in the AFC. The 2021 Pro Bowl was originally scheduled for Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, but was canceled for COVID-19 precautions.

Bosa entered Week 16 ranking second in the AFC with 27 quarterback hits and 15 tackles for loss, despite missing two games because of a concussion. He also has a team-high 7.5 sacks, but his season could be over after being placed on the concussion protocol last week.

Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert came up short with each conference only taking three quarterbacks. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Houston’s Deshaun Watson were named as AFC Pro Bowlers. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Arizona’s Kyler Murray represent the NFC.

Keenan Allen and Bosa being named to the Pro Bowl are among milestones for the Chargers this season. Here are some of the remaining possible achievements Allen, Bosa and their teammates are chasing in the final two games of the season:

WR Keenan Allen

• Needs five receptions to reach 105 on the year and break his own single-season team record (104 in 2019).

• Needs eight yards to reach 1,000 for the season, giving him four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and five for his career.

• Needs 137 receiving yards to pass Gary Garrison (7,533) for the fourth-most receiving yards in team history.

• Needs a touchdown reception to set a single-season career high with nine.

DE Joey Bosa

• Needs two sacks to reach 49.5 for his career and pass teammate Melvin Ingram for No. 4 in team history since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

• Needs 2.5 sacks for his fourth season with at least 10 sacks. Bosa’s lone season without double-digit sacks came in 2018 when he missed nine games and had 5.5 sacks.

• Needs 2.5 sacks to reach 50.0 for his career and — at 25 years, 169 days old on game day this week — would become the third-youngest player in NFL history to eclipse that mark.

QB Justin Herbert

• Needs 219 passing yards to become the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to top 4,000 passing yards. He would join Patrick Mahomes (4,584) as the only players to eclipse 4,000 passing yards through the first 14 starts of a career.

• Needs one 300-yard passing game for his eighth this season, which would tie for the most in a season in team history.

• Needs a passing touchdown to reach 28 on the year and set the all-time record by a rookie quarterback.

• Needs one multi-touchdown passing performance for his 10th of the season and setting a rookie record.

• Needs one three-touchdown passing performance to register his sixth of the season, joining Dan Fouts and Philip Rivers as the only players in team history to have six or more such performances in a season.

• Needs one rushing touchdown to reach five on the year, the most in a single season by a Chargers quarterback.

TE Hunter Henry

• Needs 40 receiving yards to set a single-season career high with 653 on the year. Henry has a career-high 60 receptions this season, surpassing his 55 catches from last year.

RB Austin Ekeler

• Needs seven receptions to become the fourth undrafted running back since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger with 210 catches in the first six seasons of a career (Ekeler is in his fourth season).

• Needs one receiving touchdown to become the youngest undrafted running back in the common draft era (since 1967) to reach 15 career receiving scores — at 25 years, 224 days.

• Needs two receiving touchdowns to pass LaDainian Tomlinson (15) for the most touchdown catches by a running back in Chargers history.

LB Kenneth Murray

• Needs five tackles for 100 total this season. If he reaches triple digits, Murray would join safety Derwin James as the only two Chargers in team history to accomplish that feat in a rookie season. James had 105 total tackles in 2018.

WR Jalen Guyton

• Needs a touchdown catch of 70-plus yards to reach three for the season, which would tie Hall of Fame wide receiver Lance Alworth (1968) for the most in a single season in team history.

*Information from Chargers communications

 

 



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