AFC West Standings

Team Conf Overall
7-5-0 12-5-0
8-4-0 10-7-0
6-6-0 9-8-0
3-9-0 7-10-0

2021 Receiving

Regular Season 33 353 10.7 4 36

Top Josh Palmer News

  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: Scores in season finale

    Palmer caught four of his nine targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. The rookie finished the 2021 season with 33 receptions for 353 yards and four touchdowns.

    It took COVID-19 absences from both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to force the issue, but Palmer quietly seemed to earn confidence from quarterback Justin Herbert toward the latter half of the season, accumulating 18 receptions, 185 yards and three touchdowns in his last five games. Both Williams and nominal No. 3 starter Jalen Guyton are technically free agents entering this offseason, but given that the Chargers boast the sixth-highest cap space among NFL teams, the team could certainly choose to bring back both players. The rookie's lack of breakaway speed seemingly doesn't make him an ideal candidate to play outside where the aforementioned duo operate, which also throws a wrench in 2022 projections, but it's at least encouraging to have seen Palmer develop some chemistry with Herbert, Los Angeles' ascending franchise signal-caller.

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  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: Catches three passes in win

    Palmer secured three of five targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.

    Palmer split the Chargers' No. 3 receiver role with Jalen Guyton, as Mike Williams (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the contest. Palmer played 31 of the team's 67 offensive snaps, one fewer than Guyton. With Keenan Allen and Williams both appearing healthy ahead of a Week 18 matchup with the Raiders, Palmer can't be counted on to fill a significant role in Los Angeles' passing attack in the regular-season finale.

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  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: Likely headed for smaller role

    Palmer is expected to share the Chargers' No. 3 receiver role with Jalen Guyton in Sunday's game against the Broncos after both Guyton and Mike Williams were activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, Gavino Borquez of USA Today reports.

    While both Williams and Guyton were on the list last week, Palmer stepped in as the No. 2 wideout behind Keenan Allen and played a whopping 98 percent of the Chargers' offensive snaps and finished with a 5-43-1 receiving line on six targets in a 41-29 loss to the Texans. After Guyton was activated from the list Wednesday, both he and Palmer still looked on track to have regular spots in three-receiver sets this weekend, but Williams' reinstatement Thursday closed the door on that possibility. When Allen, Williams and Guyton were all last available in the same game Week 15 against the Chiefs, Palmer's snap share dropped to 41 percent, with the rookie securing his lone target for a 15-yard gain in that contest.

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  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: Finds end zone in expanded role

    Palmer recorded five receptions on six targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans.

    Palmer ascended into the second wide-receiver role in the absence of Mike Williams (undisclosed) and Jalen Guyton (illness), and he was surpassed by only Justin Jackson in receiving production. He was involved early, picking up three receptions for 34 yards by the end of two quarters. However, Palmer's most useful fantasy production came in garbage time on a three-yard touchdown catch with 34 seconds remaining in the contest. Palmer should retain a substantial role in Week 17 against the Broncos should the Chargers' receiving corps remain depleted.

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  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: Set for No. 2 role

    Palmer is expected to be the No. 2 wide receiver for the Chargers entering Sunday's contest with both Mike Williams and Jalen Guyton on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

    It'll be interesting to see how the Chargers offense operates with both Keenan Allen and Palmer as the primary options on the field given the two generally tend to run the same routes, but given the lack of available weapons overall Sunday it might simply be a matter of talent trying to overcome scheme deficiencies. Jason Moore, the third-year practice squad receiver with just two catches over the course of his career, will operate as the team's No. 3 wide receiver with Williams, Guyton and Andre Roberts (illness) all sidelined.

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  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: One catch Thursday

    Palmer caught his lone target for 15 yards in Thursday's 34-28 loss to the Chiefs.

    The return of Keenan Allen from COVID-19 protocols predictably moved Palmer back to an afterthought as the rookie wideout saw just 41 percent of Thursday's offensive snaps. The 22-year-old has at least seen his offensive role grow throughout the season, playing at least 20 offensive snaps for the fifth consecutive game after going over that threshold just once through Week 10, but the incremental rise in playing time hasn't done much for his fantasy value. Don't expect things to change much in Week 16 even against the Texans.

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  • Chargers' Joshua Palmer: Breakout game

    Palmer caught five passes for 66 yards and one touchdown on seven targets against the Giants on Sunday.

    Palmer led the Chargers with seven targets against the Giants, stepping up in place of usual lead target Keenan Allen, who was out due to COVID protocols. Palmer appeared to be Allen's main backup throughout the year, and this game both confirms that status and Palmer's readiness to step up in instances during which Allen is out. Palmer will likely revert to the WR4 role once Allen returns to the field, and Allen is expected to play against the Chiefs in Week 15.

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  • Chargers' Josh Palmer: Can't gather only target

    Palmer failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals.

    Palmer saw a slip in snap time as Mike Williams and Jalen Guyton took charge. The rookie's lone target was simply a dropped deep pass which slipped off his hands and somehow landed in the cornerback's arm for Justin Herbert's lone interception. In the previous five games, the fourth-string wide receiver had at least one catch with 17-plus yards, but with a significant lead for most of the afternoon Palmer wasn't needed. Facing the Giants in the upcoming week, the rookie might have an impact with Keenan Allen placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Brampton, ON
Age: 22