VFL Josh Palmer Snags First Touchdown of NFL Career

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    Wide Receiver Josh Palmer (5) of the Los Angeles Chargers. Photo via LA Chargers (@chargers) on Twitter.

    Former Tennessee receiver Josh Palmer snagged the first in-game touchdown of his Los Angeles Chargers and NFL career on Sunday night.  With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Palmer found his first touchdown catch in the back of the endzone on a three-yard pass.

    Chargers quarterback Easton Stick took the snap on the three-yard line, rolled to his right, threw two pump fakes, and then delivered the ball to Josh Palmer. Meanwhile, the former Volunteer started as the furthest receiver on the right in a tight bunch formation. Palmer ran a corner route to the back of the endzone. However, when the play broke down, he was able to move into a position in his quarterback’s field of sight.

    The touchdown pass from Stick was the first reception of Palmer’s night, but not the first of his NFL career. In the Chargers’ week one preseason game, Palmer led the team in receptions, yards, and targets. The rookie from Tennessee ended the game against the Chiefs with six receptions for 36 yards.

    As the San Fransisco 49ers traveled to Los Angeles for their week two preseason game on Sunday, former Vol Jauan Jennings did make the trip with the Niners. However, he did not participate in the game due to a heel injury.

    Former Tennessee defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley is also on the Chargers’ sideline. He is currently the Chargers’ defensive backs coach after he spent two years at Tennessee.

    After one half of football, Josh Palmer had one reception for three yards for a touchdown. The Chargers are leading the 49ers by a score of 10-8 with one-half of football still to play.

    The game is still in progress at the time of this publication. However, Josh Palmer only played in one half of the Chargers’ week one preseason game against Kansas City.

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