The Chargers’ receiving room has had a rough season from an injury standpoint. Mike Williams went down with an ankle injury that will force him to miss multiple weeks while Keenan Allen can’t seem to shake off a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1. Joshua Palmer is another name that has been dealing with his own injury in the form of a concussion. With Williams and Allen already confirmed to miss LA’s Week 9 matchup with the Falcons, the team will need Palmer to suit up and hopefully boost a passing game lacking weapons. So, what is his availability heading into Sunday? Here’s what we know.
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Joshua Palmer has no injury designation for Week 9
Joshua Palmer (concussion) carries no injury designation and will be active for Week 9 vs the Falcons.
Palmer hasn’t played since Week 6 after entering the concussion protocol but looks ready to go for Sunday following the bye last week. He lines up to be the #1 WR with both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams out, so he could be in for a solid week against a poor Falcons defense.
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What the Experts are Saying
Palmer missed Week 7 dealing with a concussion. The Chargers need him back this week, with Williams and possibly Allen missing this game. Palmer has a 16.2% target share with a 15.6% air yard share. Palmer has seen eight or more targets in 50% of his games played. Palmer has six red zone targets this season, with half of that usage coming in his last two games played. The Falcons continue to lean heavily on zone coverage (since Week 5, 66-72% of their corners’ snaps). Palmer has seen 58.3% of his target volume against the zone.
Palmer hasn’t been great despite the volume this season, ranking 93rd in PFF receiving grade and 85th in yards per route run (minimum 15 targets), but he will run against meh cornerback talents in Week 9. Palmer will run about 69% of his routes against Cornell Armstrong (52.9% catch rate, 105.5 passer rating) and Darren Hall (73.3% catch rate, 131.0 passer rating), assuming the newly acquired Rashad Fenton (82.6% catch rate, 128.3 passer rating) isn’t ready to play this week. Palmer is a WR3/4.
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