Rookie quarterback out of Oregon, Justin Herbert began his NFL career this Sunday with the Chargers in an outstanding performance which was thwarted by an intense late comeback Chiefs overtime victory.
Herbert was named backup quarterback behind former pro-bowler Tyrod Taylor who L.A signed in 2019. After franchise star Philip Rivers left this offseason for the Colts, it left Tyrod as the next man up.
Given his age and injury riddled final years with the Bills, the Chargers decided to use their pick in the 2020 draft to prepare for the future by selecting Justin Herbert with the 6th overall pick.
In week 1 Tyrod played subpar against a young Bengals team totaling only 208 yards with a 53.3% passing completion percentage.
It was announced that Taylor would miss game 2 of the season due to a later-revealed lung injury cause by a team doctor. Herbert was told he would be the starter only moments before the game but the rookie didn’t let his nerves get the best of him.
In his first game against the defending Superbowl champions, Herbert tallied an impressive 311 yards, 1 passing and 1 rushing touchdown with 1 interception. The Chargers led most of the match but late Mahomes magic sent the game to overtime where the Chiefs would win off of a 58 yard field goal by kicker Harrison Butker. Even though his team came short, the NFL deemed that his play was worthy of the Pepsi Rookie of the Week honor.
Despite the outstanding performance by Herbert, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn who worked with Taylor as interim head coach during his stint in Buffalo rebuked claims that the rookie should start stating that “He’s a backup for a reason”.
With the starting position being left unclear for week 3, it is no secret that Herbert has opened up eyes in the NFL world and that we will be seeing him on the big stage in the years to come.