Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10
Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10
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Centerpiece of new offense

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley wants the offense to "run through Herbert", according to Hayley Elwood of the team's official website.

Analysis: Formerly the Rams' defensive coordinator, Staley figures to primarily focus on the other side of the ball, yet clearly understands that Herbert is his most important player by a mile. The fifth overall pick from the 2020 draft set an NFL rookie record with 31 passing touchdowns, also adding five additional scores (and 234 more yards) on the ground. Herbert will again have Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and RB Austin Ekeler at his disposal this season, while Jared Cook is replacing Hunter Henry (Patriots) as the top tight end. Perhaps most important, the Chargers added three new starters for the offensive line, signing C Corey Linsley and LG Matt Feiler before using a first-round pick on Northwestern LT Rashawn Slater. The unit may need some time to gel, but it's the best collection of blocking talent the Chargers have put together in years. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi couldn't have asked for a better situation, getting his second shot as an OC after a respectable stint with the Lions in 2014-15.

Jul 1, 2021 1:52 PM EST

Caps off record-setting rookie year

Herbert completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 38-21 win over the Chiefs. He also carried the ball six times for nine yards and an additional score.

Analysis: Herbert ends the season with NFL rookie records for most passing touchdowns (31), most total touchdowns (36), most completions (396), most 300-yard games (eight), most games with multiple passing touchdowns (10) and was 39 yards shy of setting the single-season record for most passing yards by a rookie. Those accolades become all the more impressive when considering the 22-year-old only started 15 games, losing out the training-camp battle to veteran Tyrod Taylor before an unfortunate medical accident pressed the rookie into action. The main question to be answered in 2021 will be if Herbert can continue this type of production with a new coordinator and head coach, or if the Chargers will opt to bring back Anthony Lynn for one more season despite numerous strategical gaffes during his tenure in that role. Whatever does end up happening on the coaching side of things, it's clear Herbert has cemented himself as one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL.

Jan 3, 2021 8:51 PM EST

Sets rookie TD record

Herbert completed 21 of 33 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Broncos. He added 26 rushing yards on four carries.

Analysis: His second-quarter toss to Austin Ekeler for a nine-yard TD made history, as Herbert broke Baker Mayfield's rookie record for touchdown passes with his 28th of the season. Herbert may not be done re-writing the NFL's record book, either -- he needs just six more completions to break Carson Wentz's rookie record of 379, and 341 passing yards to break Andrew Luck's rookie record in that category. The Chargers phenom will take aim at both marks in Week 17's road clash with a Kansas City team that could be resting key personnel after clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Dec 27, 2020 7:32 PM EST

Plays here again in win

Herbert completed 22 of 32 passes for 314 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime win over the Raiders on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for 14 yards and a game-winning score and committed a fumble on the play prior that was recovered by fullback Gabe Nabers.

Analysis: The rookie had been in somewhat of a yardage slump by his lofty standards, as he'd fallen short of the 300-yard mark in two straight games after eclipsing the figure in six of his first 10 career contests. However, a back-and-forth affair that culminated in an extra period offered Herbert just enough opportunity to get back to a hefty tally through the air Thursday, with Herbert getting over 300 on his final completion of the game, a 53-yarder to Jalen Guyton that got the Chargers down to Las Vegas' two-yard line. The Oregon product subsequently got the ball just over the goal line on second effort on third down, sealing the overtime victory for Los Angeles. Herbert has paid off handsomely in both a real-world and fantasy sense during a prolific first season as a pro. and he'll look to continue finishing the season on a strong note against the Broncos in a Week 16 matchup in Sunday, Nov. 27.

Dec 17, 2020 9:02 PM EST

Leads last-second win

Herbert completed 36 of 44 attempts for 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: An injury to Mike Williams (back) early in the contest forced the Chargers to turn their offense into a dink and dunk system to little success as Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen absorbed 20 targets between the two players. Herbert appeared to throw a back-breaking interception with 53 seconds left in the contest and the Chargers near the midfield mark, but his defense luckily came up with a pick just three plays later to set up the rookie's first game-winning drive of his career. Despite a bit of an underwhelming performance considering the matchup, Herbert should have plenty of success next week against a dismal Raiders pass defense.

Dec 13, 2020 5:07 PM EST

Struggles in loss to Patriots

Herbert completed 26 of 53 pass attempts for 209 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Herbert completed less than half of his passes as he averaged a dismal 3.9 yards per attempt. He threw interceptions on back-to-back drives to start the third quarter with his team down big and failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his young career. Herbert had an excellent 8:2 TD:INT over his previous four games and should bounce back next Sunday in an inviting matchup with the Falcons.

Dec 6, 2020 6:03 PM EST

Inefficient in loss

Herbert converted 31 of his 52 pass attempts for 316 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Herbert was able to benefit from a junk-time drive that nearly yielded a touchdown despite horrendous clock management. The end result saw the rookie post his sixth game with at least 300 passing yards and a touchdown, but the gaudy yardage total masked what was an overall lackluster effort from the Chargers offense. The rookie relied heavily on the newly healthy Austin Ekeler (hamstring) as opposed to Keenan Allen or Mike Williams, but that might have been by design thanks to the Bills' aggressive secondary. It won't get much easier next week when the Chargers host a suddenly lively Patriots defense.

Nov 29, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Produces three TDs vs. Jets

Herbert completed 37 of 49 pass attempts for 366 yards and three touchdowns while adding 11 yards on three rushing attempts during Sunday's 36-28 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Herbert completed 76 percent of his attempts and completed passes to eight different receivers en route to the highest yardage total of his young career. He completed touchdown passes to Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and Keenan Allen, making him the first rookie in NFL history with multiple touchdown tosses in seven straight games. Herbert is quickly becoming an elite fantasy option on a weekly basis and is capable of putting up big numbers despite a tricky cross-country trip to Buffalo coming up next Sunday.

Nov 22, 2020 5:22 PM EST

Less than stellar in loss

Herbert connected on 20 of 32 attempts for 187 yards and two touchdowns while throwing one pick in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Dolphins. He also added 10 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Analysis: Herbert was able to pile on some junk-time production late, but it was an overall mundane contest in the battle of rookie QBs for Herbert. A bevy of inaccurate throws stalled the Chargers' offense all game long, but the final nail in the coffin came when Herbert stared down his intended target early in the fourth quarter and threw a drive-ending interception, setting up the Dolphins for an easy touchdown to take a two-score lead. A fairly run-oriented approach from both sides kept the passing opportunities in check, but it was still surprising to see Keenan Allen and Mike Williams fail to get involved, with the latter registering his first reception early in the second half. At the very least, the Chargers can look forward to a matchup against the hapless Jets next week.

Nov 15, 2020 4:30 PM EST

Comeback attempt falls short

Herbert completed 28 of 42 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Raiders. He also carried the ball five times for 24 yards.

Analysis: It was another fantastic fantasy performance for the young quarterback, but it's certainly a disappointing outcome overall considering the Chargers had two attempts to score the game-winning touchdown inside the 10 yard line only to come away empty in yet another tragically disappointing loss. Keenan Allen continues to build a rapport with Herbert, but it's especially encouraging to see the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft continue to target Mike Williams as the duo connected on five of the seven targets for 81 yards. It's hard to see Herbert slowing down considering Week 10 will see the 22-year-old square off against the Dolphins.

Nov 8, 2020 5:02 PM EST

Healthy for Sunday

Coach Anthony Lynn downplayed Herbert's appearance on the injury report this week, saying the quarterback is merely dealing with normal soreness, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Herbert was listed with a right shoulder injury Thursday and Friday, logging full practices both days. The Chargers aren't concerned, so he should be good to go this Sunday against a Raiders defense that's given up the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Herbert is averaging 303.3 passing yards and 2.8 total TDs per game, consistently putting up good numbers.

Nov 6, 2020 3:57 PM EST

Makes key mistake in loss

Herbert completed 29 of 43 pass attempts for 278 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 8 against Denver. He added three rush attempts for 21 yards.

Analysis: Herbert continued to show the ability to move the Chargers' offense effectively, accounting for three or more touchdowns in his fourth consecutive start. He's also topped 275 yards through the air in five of his first six starts as a professional. Herbert's effort was highlighted by a number of deep passes to Mike Williams, including connections of 26, 24 and 19 yards. However, Herbert also made a few errors -- it was his first multi-interception game -- including an interception late in the third quarter that began a rally by the Broncos. Inconsistencies should be expected of any rookie, and Herbert has still been very strong overall by throwing for 15 touchdowns and five interceptions across his first six games in the NFL. He'll look to keep things going in Week 9 against Oakland.

Nov 1, 2020 5:07 PM EST

Explosive effort earns first win

Herbert completed 27 of 43 pass attempts for 347 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 30-29 win over the Jaguars. He also had nine carries for 66 yards and a score.

Analysis: Herbert had arguably the sloppiest first half of his young career Sunday, but he rallied back to notch a season-best mark in terms of passing yards while logging his second straight game with four scores. He also showcased his athleticism on the ground, setting more career-high tallies in terms of both rushing yards and carries. Through five starts, Herbert now boasts a 12:3 TD:INT ratio through the air, an exceptional mark that's come in large part due to his chemistry with favorite target Keenan Allen, who had 10 catches for 125 yards on 13 targets Sunday. Though Herbert has shown a willingness to hand Allen double-digit targets on a weekly basis, he's also proven a cerebral enough passer to exploit whatever opposing defenses give him. While the Jaguars did a solid job of keeping Mike Williams and Hunter Henry covered, Herbert responded by completing touchdown passes to backup tight ends Virgil Green (ankle) and Donald Parham, in addition to finding Jalen Guyton for a 70-yard score. Herbert will get a tough road matchup against the Broncos in Week 8, but he's given fantasy managers plenty of reason to feel confident in him as a high-end option.

Oct 25, 2020 4:56 PM EST

Throws four TDs in loss

Herbert completed 20 of 34 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns in Monday night's 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Herbert showed exactly why the Chargers named him their starter going forward, flashing a combination of athleticism and playmaking in the passing game. The rookie began by finding Keenan Allen on a 17-yard score, and even though his top target subsequently exited with a back injury, Herbert still tossed three touchdowns by halftime. While that tally included scores from just three and four yards, Herbert hit Mike Williams with a 64-yard bomb on his fourth score. That play put Los Angeles in a position to win late, and even after the Saints tied the score, Herbert again found Williams to set up a would-be winning field goal as time expired. Despite that effort missing and Herbert ultimately enduring a fourth straight loss, he can again be proud of his performance, as he's now thrown seven touchdowns versus just one interception in his last two outings. Whether he'll have Allen available or not, such strong form should have Herbert's stock soaring ahead of his Week 6 matchup at home versus the winless Jets.

Oct 12, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Will remain starter

Herbert has been named the Chargers' starting QB going forward, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: The decision, which comes in advance of Monday night's game against the Saints, was confirmed Thursday by coach Anthony Lynn, who had originally indicated that previous starter Tyrod Taylor (ribs/chest) wouldn't lose his job due to an injury. Herbert's impressive play while filling in for Taylor forced Lynn's hand, however, and the impressive rookie will now assume the position the Chargers had in mind for him when they selected him sixth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Oct 8, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Another strong showing in loss

Herbert completed 20 of 25 passes for 291 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Chargers' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 14 yards.

Analysis: The rookie nearly eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the third time in as many starts to open his career, with a pretty 72-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton in the fourth quarter helping him come tantalizingly close. While he ultimately fell short, Herbert once again looked very comfortable against a solid defense, and he was able to thrive most of the afternoon despite being without key deep threat Mike Williams (hamstring). Herbert's one interception was especially ill-timed, however, as it came with 2:34 remaining at the Buccaneers' 48-yard line and the Chargers down only seven. It's uncertain whether Tyrod Taylor (ribs/lung) will be ready for a Week 5 Monday night road battle against the Saints, but Herbert will be difficult to unseat from the top job considering how well he's played.

Oct 4, 2020 1:43 PM EST

Can't quite complete comeback

Herbert completed 35 of 49 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown along with an interception in the 21-16 loss Sunday to the Panthers. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Herbert was strip sacked on the team's second possession setting up what was an uphill battle all afternoon for the rookie. Herbert looked poised throughout most of the contest, and he really rebounded from an erratic first half to help the Chargers make a last ditch come-from-behind drive that likely should have worked if Austin Ekeler hadn't botched the hook-and-ladder attempt which would have scored the game-winning touchdown. Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry were Herbert's sole focus in the middle of the field as the duo accounted for 30 of his 49 attempts, but Austin Ekeler also amounted to a built in confidence booster with a number of designed screens and flare outs helping pile up the yardage. It seems likely Herbert will start once again in Week 4 as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day Tyrod Taylor (chest) likely won't gain clearance to play after his lung was punctured from a pain-killing injection last week.

Sep 27, 2020 5:19 PM EST

Week 3 start confirmed

Coach Anthony Lynn has confirmed that Herbert will start Sunday's game against the Panthers,Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This was expected, with Taylor having suffered a punctured lung prior to Week 2's kickoff. Though Lynn notes that the Chargers haven't considered placing Taylor on IR, the team won't take any chances with the veteran signal-caller, given that he's understandably not 100 percent. Taylor will presumably be officially ruled out by the end of the week, while Herbert will have an opportunity to build off his strong NFL debut in Week 1's overtime loss to the Chiefs, versus an 0-2 Carolina squad that will be missing star running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle).

Sep 23, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Expected to draw Week 3 start

Herbert is expected to start Sunday's game against the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, doctors have advised Tyrod Taylor not to play "indefinitely" due to a punctured lung that he suffered prior to Week 2's kickoff. Though Herbert filled in admirably in this past Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Chiefs, coach Anthony Lynn previously indicated that Taylor wouldn't lose his starting job to an injury, and there was some hope he'd return in Week 3. Wednesday's news, however, sets the stage for Herbert to get another start, at a minimum, with some advance warning for the assignment this time around.

Sep 23, 2020 9:22 AM EST

May start again Week 3

Herbert could be in store for a second straight start Week 3 against the Panthers with the Chargers listing incumbent Tyrod Taylor (rib) as week-to-week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Herbert was informed just moments before kickoff in Sunday's game against the Chiefs that he would be starting when Taylor was scratched and sent to the hospital after experiencing an adverse reaction to an pregame injection he took to address a lingering rib injury, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Considering the circumstances, Herbert performed impressively, completing 22 of his 33 pass attempts for 311 yards, one touchdown and an interception to go with 18 yards and another score on the ground in the Chargers' 23-20 loss in overtime. Despite the rookie first-round pick's solid showing, head coach Anthony Lynn stated after the game that Taylor would retain the starting job if "he's 100 percent ready to go," per Jim Trotter of NFL.com. With that in mind, Taylor's activity in practice this week will bear watching, as Herbert would presumably earn another start if the Chargers aren't convinced Taylor is completely healthy. A favorable matchup looms this weekend, as the Panthers have surrendered 30-plus points in both of their first two games while allowing opposing quarterbacks Derek Carr and Tom Brady to complete 69.2 percent of their pass attempts.

Sep 22, 2020 9:16 AM EST

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