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Josh Palmer makes a solid debut in Week 1 NFL preseason

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Josh Palmer had a nice day with a high number of targets in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. We recap his performance.

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Josh Palmer saw plenty of looks in his first preseason game in a 13-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday. The third round pick from this spring’s NFL Draft played well, though the Chargers sat some of their stars including quarterback Justin Herbert.

Stats

Palmer saw seven passes thrown his way on Saturday, and he finished with six receptions for 36 yards. His longest play went for just nine yards, but he hauled in all but one of his high number of targets.

Analysis

The top two wide receiver slots in this offense are filled with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, but Palmer finds himself in the mix for the No. 3 wideout position. He likely made a big impression on this coaching staff early on as Chase Daniel went his way on the first play from scrimmage, though the yards per reception is certainly nothing to brag about. Palmer could end up being a draft day steal as his college numbers were likely impacted by the instability at the quarterback position with the Tennessee Volunteers.

Fantasy implications

Not too many teams feature three regular fantasy contributors at wide receiver, so we’ll see if the Chargers throw the ball enough to satisfy three wideouts. Allen is going to be among the top 10 wide receivers selected in fantasy drafts, and Williams is likely being looked at as a No. 5 receiver on a fantasy roster. With so much competition for the third spot between Palmer, Jalen Guyton or Tyron Johnson, none of them are worthy of a draft pick with so much uncertainty.