The Los Angeles Chargers have some heightened expectations coming into the 2022 NFL season as they are considered one of the dark horses to contend for the Super Bowl. They are going to have to get through a loaded AFC West to get there, but the Chargers are set up for success.
Los Angeles had a big offseason, trading for star pass rusher Khalil Mack to bookend Joey Bosa. A big splash was made in free agency as well, signing J.C. Jackson to bolster a secondary that already possessed Asante Samuel Jr. at cornerback and Derwin James at safety.
While the headline-grabbing moves were made on defense, it is actually the offense that could be the Chargers’ strength. On paper, Los Angeles has one of the best offensive units in the NFL. Led by Justin Herbert at the quarterback position, the sky’s the limit for them offensively.
Veterans Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler are recognizable names at wide receiver and running back. Gerald Everett was signed to take over at the tight end spot. There is talent everywhere, but one player to keep an eye on is Joshua Palmer.
Palmer was selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, but projecting what his role could be in the NFL was difficult. The Volunteers had such an anemic offense that Palmer led the team in receiving yards with only 475.
None of his workout splits provided the kind of eye-popping projections and he had a low playmaker score projection as well. Despite that, Palmer came on strong near the end of the season when his number was called more following some injuries.
The finish of 2021 could lead to a big 2022. Palmer has a chance to win the No. 3 job, which could lead to pretty gaudy numbers for the second-year player. Herbert spoke highly of the work that Palmer is putting in earlier this offseason as well.
“This year it’s a different Josh Palmer out there. He knows exactly where he’s going. We throw a bunch after practice. I feel comfortable with him,” Justin Herbert told reporters in June.
Having the confidence of your starting quarterback is key, as Justin Herbert will have no hesitation targeting him in big moments. In an offense that will have plenty of targets to go around, Josh Palmer is in a great position to break out and become a recognizable name during the 2022 season.
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