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5 LA Chargers who improved the most during the 2021 season

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4. Joshua Palmer

This is an example of a player just getting better as the year went along with experience while also getting better because he was getting more reps. The LA Chargers drafted Joshua Palmer in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft and after a really strong training camp and preseason, Palmer seemed primed for a great rookie year.

Palmer was not used much early on in the season, though. He got his first taste of being a big part of the offense against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6 with Mike Williams out. Palmer was targeted six times but failed to do much of anything against Marlon Humphrey. After that game, it was fair to question if Palmer would end up having any sort of role in the 2021 season.

As the year went along the Chargers started to trust Palmer more and he was put into more and more situations. Against the New England Patriots, he recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career down 10 in the fourth quarter with an insane jump-ball touchdown.

Palmer didn't really get into a groove until the final five weeks of the season. Keenan Allen did not play against the New York Giants and Palmer recorded his second career touchdown on a beautiful out route, finishing the day with five catches for 66 yards.

Palmer started receiving more snaps and started to split the playing time with Jalen Guyton as the WR3. That all culminated with a good from Palmer in Week 18 against the Raiders. Palmer was targeted nine times, making four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.