Keenan Allen in August 2022. Aug 1, 2022; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) Carries the ball during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Allen has a chance to make history by doing what he does on a typical day.

The Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver could become the second receiver in franchise history to hit the 10,000-yard mark on Monday night against the New York Jets.

The NFL world is already talking about the feat.

So, how many yards does Allen need Monday night? Glad you asked.

The 31-year-old veteran needs just 70 yards to his 10K, while averaging 74.7 yards per game for his career — and don’t let that age factor deter you. He’s like actress Diane Lane, or wine — for those of you who partake. He just gets better with age. He’s averaging 92 yards per game this season.

“You know, he really plays the receiver position as an art form, and I think that when you play it like him, what makes Keenan special ages well the older you get,” Chargers head coach Brandon Staley told The Washington Times’ Dan Greenspan on Thursday.

It also hasn’t escaped Allen what he’s about to do.

Allen knows it’s a big deal. He looks to become the 54th 10,000-yard pass catcher in the league’s history while becoming just the sixth active player to reach that total. He’ll also be able to do that with the only game going on during the night.

Teammate Justin Herbert also gave Allen props on the 10K.

“He’s a pro. He’s done such a great job of watching film, taking care of his body, being available … we’re not surprised at all by the success he’s had.”

Could this solidify him in the Hall of Fame?

Well, possibly.

And it’s not only fans who appreciate it, either.

Chargers safety Derwin James believes his teammate is headed to Canton.

“Get his jacket ready,” he said.

After 11 seasons, Allen’s managed to be a mainstay in a sport that has a very short shelf life. He plans to play as long as he can, saying there’s not much of a Plan B.

[The Washington Times]

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