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LA Chargers: Ranking Justin Herbert’s weapons by projected targets

Jun 7, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass under the supervision of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi during organized team activities at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass under the supervision of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi during organized team activities at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

5. Tyron Johnson

Tyron Johnson really blossomed into a great deep-threat option for the LA Chargers in 2021. And while he got better and better as the season went along and has become more of a complete wide receiver, the number of targets shouldn’t jump from 2020 to 2021.

That is simply a byproduct of what Johnson brings to the table and all of the other weapons in the offense. This offense scheme is going to be designed to make Justin Herbert’s life easier with extreme efficiency. So while there will be room for the deep bombs, this is not going to turn into a gunslinging offense where Johnson turns into the team’s speed-deep threat.

That being said, don’t sleep on Johnson’s overall numbers. Johnson should finish the season with one of the best yards per reception averages in the entire league as his role will almost exclusively be on the deep ball. Johnson is lined up for far more 20+ yard receptions than under 20 yards.

As the year goes along Johnson’s targets will likely go up. Teams will start seeing the film of how the Chargers attack underneath coverages and that is when the offense will make the adjustment to the adjustment and start opening up the attack over the top.

When it is all said and done, Johnson will likely average right around three targets per game.

Projected targets: 50

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