All signs are pointing to Joshua Palmer having a breakout season for the LA Chargers in 2022. It is something that we have covered and predicted here at Bolt Beat numerous times and the reasoning behind Palmer having that breakout year continues to grow.
Palmer has been getting rave reviews from just about everyone this offseason. During Chargers minicamp, quarterback Justin Herbert had nothing but great things to say about Palmer and how he is progressing as a pro. If your quarterback has your back as a receiver then you are in a really good spot.
The rave reviews did not stop with Justin Herbert. Chargers running back Austin Ekeler recently appeared on Triple Play Fantasy and was asked about an under-the-radar player to watch on the Chargers. Ekeler, of course, brought up Palmer.
"I would say Josh Palmer, for our team, is going to have a bigger role than last year. Last year he was very consistent and made some huge plays. He was a rookie last year so he's gone through it, he understands the game a little bit more and I think he is going to make his [impact] into our deep threat game. [...] I think Josh is going to have a breakout year, I am excited for him. "
Well, it looks like all of the land that we have bought on Joshua Palmer island is increasing in value by the day.
Austin Ekeler gave us a peek into what Joshua Palmer is going to do on the LA Chargers offense next season:
Palmer is competing with Jalen Guyton for the WR3 spot on the offense and it appears that he will have a role similar to Guyton if he beats him out. Guyton has been the team's resident deep-ball threat and Ekeler explained that Palmer is going to be that guy for the Chargers in 2022.
With Keenan Allen patrolling the short and medium game, per Ekeler, and Mike Williams also being a weapon in that area, Palmer seems to be getting most of his shots in the deep part of the field. Palmer has great jump-ball skills and is an elusive route-runner with a quick twitch. While he might not be the burner that Guyton is, he absolutely is someone who can shake a defender in the deep part of the field to get open.
We know that Justin Herbert has a cannon of an arm and with offensive line improvements, the team could be throwing it down the field more often than they were last season. If that is the case, then we truly could see a massive season from Palmer.
Heck, who knows, maybe he turns in the kind of games that Mike Williams was turning in last season. While he likely won't finish with as many yards or touchdowns as Williams did last season, he absolutely could have a game or two of that magnitude.