Chargers wide receiver Josh Palmer never surpassed 500 receiving yards or five touchdown catches in his four seasons at Tennessee, but based on each of his showings at training camp, he is bound to be a lot more productive in this league.
Palmer, the team’s third round pick, has been putting on a clinic, steadily building a solid rapport with quarterback Justin Herbert, with his ability to get consistently get open at all three levels of the field and reeling in all of his targets.
Behind Keenan Allen, Palmer has been the second-best wideout up to this point. Mike Williams has been quiet. Tyron Johnson flashed early on, but he has missed the last three practices. Jalen Guyton hasn’t done anything to move the needle.
Despite the lack of production in college, his polished skill set and impressive size were tailor-made for the NFL, and it’s been on display at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Defensive backs have struggled to make up for his precise route-running and downfield speed.
Entering camp, the battle for the third wide receiver was anyone’s game but Palmer is gradually making his mark each and everyday at camp.
Even though offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi constantly rotates his receivers in based on the defense’s personnel, it will be hard to keep Palmer off the field if he continues to perform at a high level.
With his ability to separate at all levels of the field and make things happen with the football in his hands, Palmer could quickly become one of Herbert’s go-to targets this upcoming season and beyond.
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— Josh Palmer Fanclub • (@chargersjules) August 2, 2021