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LA Chargers: Ranking Justin Herbert's weapons by total Week 1 targets

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The LA Chargers take on the Washington Football Team in Week 1 of the 2021 season and after sitting out the entire preseason, we will finally get to see Justin Herbert back in action.

This is a tough opponent for Herbert to begin the season against as Washington has one of the best young defenses in the league. It also does not help that FedExField is notorious for causing injuries, which is worrisome.

The Chargers are going to be leaning into the passing game this season and every game, based on the opponent and season trends, we will be ranking Herbert's weekly weapons based on how many times they are targeted.

For this game, we are setting Herbert's total number at 34. He averaged just under 40 attempts per game last season and in this game, I think he will take it somewhat easy against a great Washington defense.

Ranking the LA Chargers weapons based on Justin Herbert's targets:

Two or fewer: Jalen Guyton (2), Tre' McKitty (1), Stephen Anderson (0), K.J. Hill (0), Joshua Kelley (0), Larry Rountree (0)

Justin Herbert cannot throw the ball to everyone and there will be players who are not targeted at all in the passing game. As far as the players who are targeted in this category, Jalen Guyton and Tre McKitty will both be looked at but won't be a huge part of the game plan.

Guyton will likely get a pair of targets on deep passes in spread formation when the Chargers bring the fourth receiver onto the field. McKitty is essentially the third tight end and I would be that he gets just one designed look on a heavy set play-action just so the rookie can be involved in his first career game.