Josh Palmer is making a strong case to be the third wide receiver behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and make a big jump in Year 2. Palmer is shining in practices and building a solid rapport with Justin Herbert, creating separation with great routes and catching everything thrown in his direction. Palmer has has an all-rounded skill set to thrive as the Z receiver, with his impressive route running, reliability, and ball skills.
As the story said, the Chargers did not make any significant additions to their wide receiver room this offseason, and a big part of that was their belief in Palmer. The 2021 third-round pick did not start to see the field until the midway part of the season, but he flashed every time he was on. Palmer ended up catching 33 passes for 353 yards with four touchdowns in 2021. It may be tough for Palmer to earn targets with Allen and Williams in the lineup, however.
It looks like a lock that Palmer will have the WR3 role in Los Angeles and could play a massive role if Keenan Allen were to miss any time. Palmer filled in for Allen during Week 15 of last season, securing a 5-66-1 line during his rookie season. The article would go on to mention that the team could save almost $15 million in cap space if they were to move on from Allen after this season.
According to Staley, wide receiver Mike Williams, safety Nasir Adderley and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. will miss the pivotal game due to being on the reserve/COVID-19 list, per Fernando Ramirez of SI.
Williams was added to the list on Christmas, and due to the 10-day quarantine rule for unvaccinated players, he will miss Sunday. The NFL recently updated their protocols so that vaccinated players could "test out" of protocols more quickly. Since Adderley and Harris have already been ruled out, it would appear they are unvaccinated as well, according to the story. It's possible Guyton could test out and return. Moore caught three passes for 56 yards in Week 16.
Good news for the Bolts heading into a key AFC West game on Thursday night against the Chiefs. Williams didn't practice on Monday because of a heel issue, but the return of Allen likely downgrades Guyton and Palmer a bit for Week 15, assuming Williams plays as well.