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Chargers who earned more playing time after Week 6 win over Broncos

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3. Josh Palmer

This might seem contradictory considering Josh Palmer has gotten plenty of playing time this season, so allow me to explain. Keenan Allen appears to be ready to return in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks, which opens up a new dynamic in this offense that has not been present all season.

Heading into Week 6, it may have appeared like Palmer would have gotten his playing time cut once Allen returned. Palmer was not playing all that well heading into Week 6 and with Allen back, the team could have turned to someone like DeAndre Carter to get WR3 snaps over Palmer.

However, Palmer proved that he still has something to offer this offense against a really tough Broncos defense. While his overall numbers were by no means staggering, he came up with a lot of key catches in this game when the Chargers couldn't do much else offensively.

The second-year receiver finished with nine catches for 57 yards in the contest, both leading the team. He put up better numbers in garbage time against the Jacksonville Jaguars but this was by far his best game to date.

Instead of turning to Carter, Palmer earned the trust of the coaching staff to remain in the offense with Keenan back in the fold. In fact, this could open things up for Palmer, who suddenly will be running a WR3 route tree with less focus on him in the passing game.