Justin Herbert Making Early Case For Rookie of the Year Despite Losses

With a week off and an unexpected bye due to the coronavirus pandemic, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers have a chance to reset their season.

Justin Herbert has had a solid start to his NFL career, showing off his arm and getting it done with his feet when he has needed to. He has also made some rookie mistakes, but those are expected. They are learning experiences. The former Oregon Football signal-caller has also kept his team, the Los Angeles Chargers, in the game with a chance to win or tie in EVERY game he has played in this season.

Herbert has shown he can go toe to toe or arm to arm with some of the best in the NFL including Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, and Drew Brees. Last week the Chargers lost to the New Orleans Saints but had a chance to win in the end again. Herbert became the first rookie to throw four touchdowns on Monday Night Football.

When he has dropped back to pass and had time from an injured offensive line this season, Herbert has made some throws that a younger player in the National Football League usually cannot make. His long throws are not only a thing of beauty, but most of them are on target for a wide receiver to catch or have a pretty good chance at bringing in for a big gain. Clearly, his favorite target is a former opponent in Keenan Allen.

Allen, a former California Golden Bear, has over 300 yards receiving and two touchdowns when Herbert is on the field. He has brought in just two touchdowns but is a few errant passes from having at least two more. He is also averaging over 10 yards per catch this season.

In four games as the starting quarterback, Justin Herbert has thrown for over 1100 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has completed close to 70 percent of his passes with an offensive line that has been struck with injuries in almost every position. A key outlet for Herbert at running back has also been absent over the last few weeks. Austin Ekeler has been out with an injury and played a key role in Herbert’s first few games this season.

Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers have a bye week and no games until next week due to schedule shifting around the NFL due to the coronavirus pandemic. They will host the Jacksonville Jaguars next week on October 25th at 1:25 pm Paciic Time.