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Herbert completed 40 of 47 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Vikings.
There has been no sign of the Chargers run-heavy game plan from Week 1 of late, as Herbert topped 40 pass attempts for the second consecutive game. He also topped 400 passing yards for the first time in his career, highlighted by eight completions of at least 20 yards -- one more than he had on the season entering Sunday's contest. New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore promised more downfield passing this offseason, and it certainly appears that he's willing to put games into Herbert's hands.
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Palmer (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Ekeler may be at risk of losing out on some snaps and touches out of the backfield after Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that "competition for carries is going to be something that you can see happening," Kris Rhim of ESPN.com reports. "We're going to keep exploring, making adjustments, so that we can find that rhythm that I've been talking about," Staley said. "We know that Austin is a good running back. We just haven't found any rhythm in the last couple of weeks in the run game. Just need to keep after it and keep working hard in practice."
Coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that Kelley could see increased opportunities out of the Chargers' backfield, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Palmer (knee) was a limited participant Wednesday in his return to practice.
The Chargers designated Palmer (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Everett snared four of his five targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Patriots.
Johnston caught five of his seven targets for 52 yards in the 6-0 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
Allen caught five of his nine targets for 58 yards in the 6-0 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
Ekeler carried the ball 14 times for 18 yards and caught two of his three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Patriots.
Herbert completed 22 of his 37 attempts for 212 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Patriots. He also netted minus-5 yards on four carries.