LA Chargers: 3 bold predictions for Justin Herbert in 2021

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3. Justin Herbert builds a rapport with Tyron Johnson to be the WR2 over Mike Williams

Justin Herbert has plenty of weapons to throw to in 2021 but there is no doubt that Keenan Allen is going to be the most targeted. Behind Allen, Austin Ekeler might wind up being the second-most targeted because of how versatile he is in the backfield.

Many people, myself included, would have penciled in Mike Williams to be the third-most targeted player on the team as the WR2. After the first week in camp, in which Tyron Johnson thrived and Herbert and Williams did not link up as efficiently as you would hope, it appears that we could see a change in the pecking order.

Williams is still going to enter the season as the WR2 on paper but when it comes to targets at the end of the year, we might start seeing Herbert favoring Johnson over Williams.

There are a few reasons why this will likely happen. First is Williams' situation. Williams' contract is up after the season and it has always seemed likely that he would not re-sign with the Chargers. It makes sense for Herbert to build a better relationship with those players that actually will stick around next season and beyond.

The second reason why this will happen is Johnson's versatility. Johnson is an over-the-top threat but has also showcased better route running abilities to gain separation. That is much easier for a young quarterback to target than someone who has made a living off of winning 50-50 balls.

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It just makes more sense for Johnson to be a bigger part of the passing game if he is consistently getting more separation than Williams. Williams will still play his part but when the season is all said and done we might see more Justin Herbert-Tyron Johnson connections than Justin Herbert-Mike Williams.