This week, Pro Football Focus announced their top 101 players from the 2018 season.
Not only were five players from the Los Angeles Chargers on the list, but four were ranked in the top 40.
Without further ado, here are the five Bolts PFF named, along with the reasoning for their ranking:
Number 28 – Desmond King
The league’s preeminent slot cornerback at the moment, King simply doesn’t allow many first downs. On his 78 targets this past season, only 22 went for first downs. Eighty-one cornerbacks allowed more first downs in their coverage this season.
Number 32 – Derwin James
Derwin James made a huge impact as a rookie, finishing his first professional season with an overall grade of 88.3, ranking seventh among safeties. James’ 18 total pressures (12 hurries, two hits, four sacks) tied for first at the position, and his average of 0.59 yards allowed per slot coverage snap ranked 14th.
Number 33 – Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen finished the year with an overall grade of 90.3, ranking fourth among wide receivers, and that makes it two years in a row that Allen has earned a top-five overall grade at the position. When lined up in the slot, Allen gained an average of 1.98 yards per route run, ranking 13th out of 72 qualifying wide receivers.
Number 34 – Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers had an elite 2018 campaign, as he finished with his first 90-plus overall grade since 2010. Rivers finished the year with a play-action passer rating of 129.2, second in the NFL. He also handled pressure really well, ranking seventh in passer rating when pressured (83.8).
Number 62 – Melvin Gordon
Gordon was at his elusive best this season, forcing 41 missed tackles at an average of 0.23 missed tackles forced per touch, which was tied for the second-best mark among running backs. In addition to his work in the ground game, he was also a weapon in the Chargers’ passing attack; Gordon averaged 2.04 yards per route run through 17 weeks, which was the fifth-best mark at the position.