When the 2020 season kicked off, Justin Herbert was a backup quarterback who was just hoping to make an impression to get any sort of playing time during his rookie season.
The former Oregon star probably didn’t imagine having the type of season he actually had with the Chargers.
After getting a chance to start for Los Angeles, he immediately impressed.
In his first two games, he threw for over 300 yards. He also threw for at least 250 yards in nine of his first 10 games. He struggled in a 45-0 blowout loss to New England which caught everyone by surprise and then he finished the regular season as strong as possible, going 4-0 with 1,112 yards, eight touchdowns, and just one interception.
Herbert ended up being named 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and he broke numerous records such as most touchdown passes by a rookie (31), most total touchdowns by a rookie (36), most 300-yard games as a rookie (8), and most completions by a rookie (396).
Obviously he’s one of the brightest young stars in the league and everyone has taken notice.
Justin Herbert ranked the No. 2 player under 25 years old
The NFL is full of talented young players but most don’t really break out right away like Herbert has and that led CBS Sports to rank him as the No. 2 player in the league under the age of 25.
This is an impressive list of players but Herbert is the No. 2 overall player in the NFL under 25 years old behind only Lamar Jackson who won an MVP a couple of years ago.
Kyler Murray is right behind Herbert and Joe Burrow is the only other quarterback on the list at No. 8. This is especially impressive because Herbert is the only second-year player in the top five and one of just four 2020 rookies to make the list.
After throwing for over 4,300 yards and 31 touchdowns with a 67 percent completion rate in 2020, the sky is the limit for the former Duck.