When game planning against the Los Angeles Chargers over the years, opposing defensive coordinators in the AFC West have primarily had their focus set on Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. They may soon have to keep a close watch on another Chargers wide receiver.
The Chargers capped off their mandatory minicamp schedule this past week, which featured Josh Palmer. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert spent plenty of time over the last few days continuing to build chemistry with the versatile wideout.
Overall, the one-time Pro Bowler sees much potential in what Palmer will be able to bring to the table later this year.
“He's been much more confident,” Herbert said during Chargers' minicamp. “He's a guy that came in really early last year, and he picked up the offense pretty easily, but this year you know it's a different Josh Palmer out there. … We've thrown a bunch after practice. I feel comfortable with him.
“I trust him … We've had a lot of reps together and I'm really looking forward to watching him this year.”
Palmer made the most out of his on-field opportunities over the 2021 campaign. He logged 458 total snaps played on the offense, which ranked fourth on the team among wideouts. He finished off with 353 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns, as he gradually earned the trust of Herbert as the season progressed.
Allen and Williams are expected to once again lead the Chargers’ wide receiver unit over the upcoming 2022 season, but Palmer may have a valuable opportunity to slot into the third spot on the depth chart.