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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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The rest of the LA Chargers’ weapons:

6. Donald Parham

Donald Parham has a lot of potential as a red-zone target and that is where most of his targets will come early in the season. As the year goes along he should start getting more playing time and more targets as a result.

Parham will see a big uptick in targets from last season but do not expect him to completely blow last year’s numbers out of the water.

Projected targets: 24

7. Jalen Guyton

Jalen Guyton is the team’s fourth receiving option and he should not be a featured part of the offense. Of course, these numbers will get completely skewed if one of the top receivers gets hurt for a significant amount of time, but these projection rankings are solely based on if everyone stays healthy.

Guyton got 55 targets last year but his playing time should diminish significantly so long that the team stays healthy.

Projected targets: 16

8. Tre’ McKitty

Tre’ McKitty is so raw in the passing game that I do not see him getting many targets early in the season. He will be a good blocking presence but he is not someone who is going to be the focus of the offense very often.

Most of his targets will come late in the season.

Projected targets: 12

Josh Palmer, Justin Jackson, K.J. Hill, Joe Reed, Stephen Anderson

There are 45 more targets to go around between these five players that can be diced up in an assortment of ways. Yes, Josh Palmer finds himself all the way down with this group as I do not think he gets much playing time until his second year.

Again, and this is important to reiterate one more time, this is assuming everyone stays healthy. Everyone won’t stay healthy and there will be players lower on this list that jump up significantly depending on who gets injured.

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But when we look at the pecking order of the offense, this is how the target share should look in a complete LA Chargers offense.

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