Brandon Staley has plenty to dissect thru the first 2 preseason games. The players with the most to prove are Chris Rumph II, Josh Palmer, and the battle at right tackle between Trey Pipkins and Storm Norton. For Chare+ The 2nd year man from Tennessee, Josh Palmer, looks ready to embrace his role behind Keenan and Mike Dub.
In his second preseason game against the Cowboys Palmer hauled in 3 grabs for 75 yards and a TD. The former 3rd round pick has been able to learn from Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in his short time in the NFL and those two are completely different wide receivers. If Palmer and Herbert can find a consistent connection this year the Chargers offense would be on another level. In that gritty AFC West they’re going to need to.
When you mess around and go out and get Khalil Mack in the offseason you are sending a clear message. Pairing Mack and Joey Bosa together is going to cause plenty of chaos for opposing offensive lines. If the Chargers really want to be scary and go deep into the playoffs Bosa and Mack are going to need some rest and Chris Rumph is looking to be that next man up. Rumph has extraordinarily long arms which makes him very difficult to deal with. Once he gets his arms extended he can blow up any play. Rumph II was drafted in the 4th round, right behind Palmer, and has sent a clear-cut message to Staley that he can be that 3rd edge rusher.
Next time we’ll discuss the receiver turning the most heads in camp and in the games, Michael Bandy, as well as the Right Tackle situation between Storm Norton and Trey Pipkins.