Tennessee WR Signs Contract With LA Chargers

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    Josh Palmer, a third-round draft pick from the Tennessee Volunteers football team, officially signed his NFL contract with the Los Angeles Chargers Friday evening.

    Palmer, who led Tennessee in receptions (33), yards (475), and touchdowns (4) in 2020, was selected with pick No. 77 in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

    While at Tennessee and through his time in the NFL draft, Palmer racked up a number of awards and honors. Palmer was a 2021 NFL Combine Invitee and 2021 Senior Bowl Invitee. He was also on the 2019 fall Academic Honor Roll.

    During Palmer’s Tennessee playing career, from 2017-2020, he came one reception short of 100. He did also rack up seven touchdowns and 1,514 total yards, as well.

    Palmer also started 36 of his 47 games for the Vols.

    Recently, current Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman gave Palmer some high praise on The Slice podcast.

    “Palmer was one of the hardest workers I have ever seen in this program,” Tillman said on The Slice. “So definitely I’m thinking, ‘What would Palmer do?’”

    Tillman noted that he often would draw on lessons taught to him by Palmer in order to teach the current younger players.

    Josh Palmer will join a talented Chargers wide receiver room. However, it is also an offense in need of a strong No. 2 wide receiver.

    Keenen Allen led the LA Chargers in receptions (100) last year but was followed by TE Hunter Henry (60) and RB Austin Eckler (54). And with quarterback Justin Herbert’s ability to sling the ball, the Chargers should be able to use Palmer in a productive way from the jump.

    The Chargers’ second-highest receiver in terms of receptions was Mike Williams with 48. Meaning there is certainly an opportunity for Palmer to jump behind Allen.

    The LA Chargers selected Josh Palmer, the top Tennessee wide receiver in 2020, with pick 77 in the third round of the NFL Draft. The Chargers, along with Palmer, will play their 2021 season-opener on Sunday, Sept. 9, against Washington.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.