Joshua Palmer

Joshua Palmer

24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Los Angeles Chargers
Questionable
Injury Knee
Est. Return 6/15/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
When the Chargers lost Mike Williams to an ACL tear in Week 3 last year, Palmer took on a prominent role, averaging 4.25 receptions and 70.5 yards per game from that point on. Unfortunately, Williams wasn't the only one who had a hard time staying healthy. In Week 8, Palmer suffered a knee injury and missed six games. Upon his return he had a pair of solid performances, before missing Week 17 with a concussion and suffering another knee injury in Week 18. Still, it was his second straight year averaging more than six targets per game, after handling a part-time role as a third-round rookie back in 2021. Palmer is in excellent position for a starting job heading into his fourth pro season, joined by 2023 first-round pick Quentin Johnston, 2024 second-rounder Ladd McConkey and veteran DJ Chark atop a thinned-out depth chart. The Chargers hired run-first offensive coordinator Greg Roman this offseason, but that might work alright for Palmer after the team released Williams and traded Keenan Allen. Read Past Outlooks
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#158.15
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$Signed a four-year, $5.03 million contract with the Chargers in July of 2021.
Left atop depth chart
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Knee
March 15, 2024
Palmer (knee) and Quentin Johnston are the top wide receivers left on the Chargers after the team released Mike Williams and traded Keenan Allen.
ANALYSIS
The other part of the equation is that the Chargers own the fifth overall pick in a draft with three elite WR prospects. That doesn't necessarily mean they'll end up with Marvin Harrison, Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze, but it'll certainly be a common prediction in mock drafts over the next six weeks. Palmer averaged a career-high 58.1 receiving yards per game in 2023, his third NFL season, albeit while missing six games with a knee injury and a seventh with a concussion. He then hurt his knee in the regular-season finale, but there hasn't been any follow up suggesting it was a serious injury. Palmer now enters the final year of his rookie contract under a new head coach (Jim Harbaugh) and offensive coordinator (Greg Roman), with those hirings and the team's offseason moves hinting at a more run-oriented offense in 2023. That could still work out well for Palmer in fantasy terms given the likelihood of reduced competition for targets relative to his first three seasons.
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How do Joshua Palmer's 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
68.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.38
 
% Team Air Yards
14.6%
 
% Team Targets
9.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
11.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
62.3%
 
Drop Rate
3.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.2
 
% Targeted On Route
18.1%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.72
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Joshua Palmer's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.51 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.98 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
0 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
32.88 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Gets new veteran position mate
WRLos Angeles Chargers
May 2, 2024
Palmer is no longer the most senior member of the Chargers' wide receivers corps after the team signed DJ Chark to a one-year contract Thursday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Palmer, who just completed his third NFL season, still sits atop the offseason depth chart for the time being, but Chark figures to absorb his fair share of targets if he's healthy. Palmer also has plenty of younger competition in 2023 first-round pick Quentin Johnston, 2024 second-round pick Ladd McConkey and 2024 fourth-round pick Derius Davis, so there's no guarantee he's still the de facto No. 1 receiver role by the time Week 1 rolls around.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2021
With Keenan Allen and Mike Williams each missing a chunk of the 2022 campaign due to injuries, Palmer thrived as an intermediate target, accumulating 54 receptions and 607 yards Weeks 2-13. Despite the healthy workload, Palmer averaged just 3.5 yards after the catch, which was only exacerbated by a lower average depth of target (9.0). The return of Allen and Williams eventually relegated the 23-year-old to an afterthought as Palmer tallied just 21 targets over the five remaining weeks. 2023 first-round pick Quentin Johnston is almost guaranteed a starting spot in three wide-receiver sets to begin the season, making it likely that Palmer will be hard-pressed to garner a workload similar to what he drew in 2022.
The Chargers raised some eyebrows taking Palmer at 77th overall last spring after three consecutive seasons at Tennessee in the range of 450-500 receiving yards, but his rookie year included some signs that he could be well worth the selection. He worked as the Chargers' No. 4 receiver most of the year, playing sparsely, before finishing strong in the final five weeks with 18 catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns (on 28 targets, 5.6 per game). It helped to have Keenan Allen and then Mike Williams miss a game in that stretch, but Palmer also ran ahead of Jalen Guyton, who was the Chargers' No. 3 for most of 2021 and much of 2022. It looks like the role will come down to those same two again, as the Chargers didn't draft any receivers or add any notable free agents (besides return man DeAndre Carter) at the position.
It was a surprise to some when the Chargers selected Palmer in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but the Tennessee product quietly emerged as a capable prospect throughout the lead up. A mundane 4.51 40-yard dash and 4.25 shuttle time don't scream impressive deep threat, and true enough, the four-year starter recorded just one game over 100 receiving yards throughout his collegiate career. However, Palmer is a fluid route runner, who uses his 6-1 frame well enough to make contested catches and create wide target spaces. The 21-year-old apparently made a strong impression on the Chargers this summer, winning the No. 3 receiver job while deep threat Tyron Johnson was waived. The Chargers still have Jalen Guyton as a fallback option for the No. 3 spot, but Guyton did next to nothing with regular snaps last season. The job appears to be Palmer's to lose.
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Season marred by injuries
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Knee
January 8, 2024
Palmer, who left Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Chiefs early with a knee injury, tallied 38 receptions for 581 receiving yards and two touchdowns across 10 games during the 2023 season.
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Hurts knee in Week 18
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Knee
January 7, 2024
Palmer exited Sunday's season finale against the Chiefs with a knee injury.
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Cleared to play Week 18
WRLos Angeles Chargers
January 5, 2024
Palmer has cleared concussion protocol and will play Sunday against the Chiefs, Eric Smith of the Chargers' official site reports.
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Limited Wednesday
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Concussion
January 3, 2024
Palmer (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Won't play against Broncos
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Concussion
December 29, 2023
Palmer (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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