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3 second-year LA Chargers poised for a big year in 2022

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1. Joshua Palmer

Joshua Palmer was taken in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the LA Chargers and there was instantly a lot of excitement about what Palmer could bring to the team. The former Tennessee Volunteer looked fantastic in team drills during training camp and followed suit with a strong preseason.

However, once the regular season started he was reduced to being the WR4 and did not really have a big role on the team until they played the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. Palmer was targeted the four times in that game (a career-high at the time) as Mike Williams was dealing with injury.

Palmer's role started to increase later in the season as Justin Herbert became more comfortable with the rookie. He got chances to play big reps against the New England Patriots and Houston Texans because of injuries and he played well in both games. In Week 18 he was targeted nine times, finishing with four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Palmer should be the team's bonafide WR3 next season as he should leap-frog Jalen Guyton in the depth chart. He still has not shown enough for us to be fully confident in him replacing Mike Williams as the WR2 if the team cannot bring him back so his role as a WR3 is perfect. His numbers won't be incredible but expect there to be a continual uptick for Palmer as he gets better and better in the NFL.