Justin Herbert raves about WR Josh Palmer entering Year 2


Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Josh Palmer is set to enter his second NFL season in 2022 after being selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Tennessee. Last season as a rookie, Palmer caught 33 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns. After this year’s mandatory minicamp, the Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert praised Palmer entering this season.

“He was much more confident” Herbert said. “He’s a guy who came in really early last year and he took the offense pretty easily, but this year he’s a different Josh Palmer and he knows exactly what he’s doing. We started a heap after practice and I feel comfortable with him I trust him, and I know, well I hope he trusts me, so we had a lot of reps together and I can’t wait to see it this year.

At Tennessee, Palmer played in 41 career games over four years, totaling 99 receptions for 1,514 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to his stint with the Vols, Palmer was a three-star recruit to 247Sports Composite of Brampton (Canada) St. Thomas Aquinas. He was also the No. 836 overall player and the No. 121 ranked wide receiver in the recruiting class of 2017.

Palmer also received praise last season from the wide veteran and his teammate Keenan Allenwho singled out his ability to run as an area in which he is far ahead of most rookies.

“Josh is doing a really good job, as young as he is and how capable he is of running routes,” Allen said, via the team’s official website. “He’s aggressive, he’s friendly with quarterbacks and he’s precise. That’s a good thing from a rookie… He’s polite. You can tell he is polite and knows what to do. He obviously knows the versions, he knows the leverage. He already knows how to ride the routes.”

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After the 2021 NFL Draft, Palmer opened up about what it was like to hear his name called by the Los Angeles Chargers.

“To be honest, I’m so happy because I think any team that would draft me is amazing, but just to go to the Chargers, they’re such a good team to play for, and just right now, I don’t can’t even put into words,” Palmer said after being chosen in 2021. “I haven’t stopped smiling yet.

“I think my strengths are my ability to get up and attack the ball,” Palmer added, “sinking into my breaks, moving a defender’s hips, dropping the ball vertically, catching it with my hands, my running, getting out of my breaks.


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