The AFC West has become the unquestioned best division in the entire NFL. Russell Wilson, Davante Adams, J.C. Jackson, and Khalil Mack all entered the fold during this frenzy as the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Denver Broncos retooled in a massive way.
The big name that departed was Tyreek Hill, who was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins in yet another shocking AFC West move.
After the Hill trade, the fallout began, and the Chargers were thrown into the conversation for AFC West favorites. However, Nick Wright isn’t a fan of heralding the Bolts as the top team and fired a shot at Keenan Allen in the process — one that Allen saw and made sure to respond.
Nick Wright lights Keenan Allen on fire following the Tyreek Hill blockbuster trade
After the Hill trade, Allen took to Twitter and said, “This one gonna expose some people.” That Tweet by Allen prompted this response by Wright, who didn’t think too kindly of Allen’s reaction.
Wright went on another tangent — some he is well-known for — and ripped Allen apart, at least in his terms.
The thing that struck Allen badly was that Wright called him the 14th best wide receiver in the NFL and followed that up by saying to “worry about making it to the playoffs.”
Let’s break this down a bit before diving into Allen’s response. First off, the Chargers have made it to the playoffs twice since Allen entered the league in 2013 and were just a couple of plays from another appearance in 2021.
Then there are Allen’s numbers. The talented WR has put together five 1,000-yard campaigns and was eight yards short of another in the 2020 season — one in which he missed a pair of games.
Nonetheless, Wright’s shot toward Allen was quickly seen by the Chargers wideout, who responded with some downright honest Tweets.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen quickly responds to Nick Wright’s take
Allen wasted no time taking to Twitter to get into the discussion with Wright and started it off with a snarky Tweet.
“From the fourteenth best WR in the NFL” is what Allen put with a couple of brilliant emojis. That wasn’t all either. Allen found a couple of stats to back up his case as one of the best WRs in the NFL, and it is hard to argue with the numbers Allen brought to the table.
That’s right, Allen is the only WR to post 100 or more catches in each of the last five seasons. Nobody else has accomplished that feat.
Oh, and he did so with Philip Rivers at the end of his career before the Justin Herbert era. Allen did this with multiple offensive coordinators and transitioned from head coaches with Anthony Lynn running the show before Brandon Staley got the job.
Despite all of those changes, Allen has remained consistent. Plus, Allen has made the Pro Bowl five times, including each season since 2017.
In 2021, he was second on the team in yards behind Mike Williams, although Williams had just eight yards more than Allen. Both players finished in the top-13 in receiving yards, and one of the players ahead of them was a tight end (Mark Andrews). That was with a brand new offensive scheme and a first-year head coach, not to mention a QB in his second season in the NFL.
Wright was unhappy with Allen’s comments, clearly, but there is no way Allen is the 14th best WR in the NFL.
There are just so many stats that back up Allen’s point of being better than the 14th best WR in the NFL. Case and point above.
Wright clearly isn’t happy about Hill leaving the Chiefs and can’t admit that the Chargers are the team to beat in the AFC — at least for the time being.
Let the drama continue.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference