Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10
Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10

Justin Herbert News

Throwing at OTAs

Herbert (shoulder) threw passes to teammates Monday at OTAs, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Herbert resumed throwing earlier in May, about 13-14 weeks after post-season surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder. He's doing well enough to throw in practice, albeit without any defenders on the field for the first day of OTAs. There's still a chance Herbert misses some reps this spring, but he's well on his way to starting Week 1 and has a couple new faces in town (OC Kellen Moore, WR Quentin Johnston) to help him rebound from a disappointing 2022 in which the QB's touchdown rate (3.6 percent, 25 total) and yards per attempt (6.8) nosedived even with a career high in completion percentage (68.2). The Chargers are counting on their offseason additions to help Herbert rebound to his 2020-21 level -- 7.4 YPA; 308.9 total yards and 2.4 TDs per game -- or possibly even reacher greater heights. Offensive line depth looks like a weakness for the Chargers again, but they at least have star LT Rashawn Slater coming back from a biceps tear and an elite center in Corey Linsley.

May 22, 2023 12:19 PM EST

Resumes throwing after surgery

Herbert (shoulder) threw a football Monday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Coming off winter surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Herbert hadn't resumed throwing as of late April. He's throwing now, which doesn't mean he'll be cleared for spring practices but does show he's progressing about as expected. Once he's ready to practice, Herbert will have a new offensive coordinator (Kellen Moore) and rookie first-round wideout (Quentin Johnston) on hand to help him thrive in his fourth NFL season.

May 15, 2023 11:06 AM EST

Receives fifth-year option

The Chargers picked up the fifth-year option on Herbert's (shoulder) rookie contract Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With the May 1 deadline to make such a decision with 2020 first-round picks, L.A. did as expected with its franchise signal-caller. Through three seasons, Herbert has racked up at last 4,300 passing yards on each occasion, posted 94 touchdowns versus 35 interceptions and also added eight scores on the ground. Currently, he's in the midst of his recovery from surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder and remains a couple weeks away from making light throws, but there's little worry about him being healthy by the time training camp kicks off in late July.

Apr 28, 2023 4:00 PM EST

Recovery progressing, not throwing

Herbert's shoulder is roughly 75 percent healed, but he is still a few weeks away from beginning light throwing, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Herbert underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in late January and has been rehabbing since. He may miss OTAs as the team is likely to play it safe with their franchise quarterback, but there is little concern that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. In the meantime, Herbert and the Chargers have been in talks on a long-term extension.

Apr 27, 2023 5:00 PM EST

Heads into postseason on high note

Herbert completed 25 of 37 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed twice for minus-1 yard in the Chargers' 31-28 loss to the Broncos on Sunday. He also fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: Herbert and his fellow first-unit weapons played the majority of the game despite the Chargers' playoff positioning being locked in. The third-year signal-caller hit Keenan Allen and Gerald Everett with scoring tosses from 14 and three yards out, respectively, giving him eight multi-touchdown performances during the regular season. Mike Williams' early exit due to a back injury is naturally a concerning development ahead of Sunday's road wild-card matchup against the Jaguars, however, and certainly could affect Herbert's fantasy outlook for what already lines up as a difficult matchup.

Jan 8, 2023 6:38 PM EST

Pair of touchdowns in blowout win

Herbert completed 21 of 28 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Herbert and the Chargers moved the ball with ease against the Rams, scoring four total offensive touchdowns. His pair came on tosses of six and three yards in the middle of the third and late fourth quarters, respectively. Herbert managed to throw for multiple touchdowns for the first time in his last four games, and he could have had a bigger game if he hadn't been pulled with a comfortable lead early in the final quarter. It remains to be seen whether Herbert will start the Chargers' Week 18 matchup against the Broncos, which will likely be dependent on whether playoff seeding is at stake.

Jan 1, 2023 6:38 PM EST

Little production in blowout win

Herbert completed 24 of 31 passes for 235 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Monday's 20-3 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Though the Chargers had a relatively easy win and clinched a trip to the postseason, Herbert had one of his last productive games of the season. That was in part caused by game script, though he was sacked four times and was regularly under pressure which limited his ability to push the ball deep. Herbert has now failed to throw for a touchdown in consecutive games, though he should have the opportunity to bounce back against a Rans defense that has been depleted by injuries in recent weeks.

Dec 26, 2022 8:35 PM EST

Tops 300 yards in Sunday's win

Herbert completed 28 of 42 passes for 313 yards with two interceptions in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Despite the fact he posted his third straight 300-yard game, Herbert failed to get the ball into the end zone for only the third time in 46 career NFL contests. He still came up big when it counted, however, getting the Chargers in position for a game-winning field goal with just 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Herbert will look to rack up some TDs in Week 16 against a Colts defense that could still be reeling after huge second-half collapses in each of its last two games.

Dec 18, 2022 7:10 PM EST

Sterling effort in win

Herbert completed 39 of his 51 pass attempts for 367 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Dolphins. He also ran four times for eight yards.

Analysis: While fantasy managers will not be thrilled with the performance, this was among one of the best games of Hebert's career. The 39 completions set a career high while the 367 passing yards was his fourth most in a contest, but more importantly the third-year pro did it all while constantly maneuvering throughout the pocket, time and again stepping up, around and inbetween pass rushers to create enough time to hit the open receiver. It's hard not to notice this type of outing coming with the trio of Mike Williams, Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler all healthy, the first time that's occurred since Week 1, but even still, it's clear Herbert feels healthy himself after dealing with a severe rib injury since Week 5. Expect the offense to continue humming Week 15 against the Titans.

Dec 11, 2022 8:55 PM EST

Tops 300 in loss

Herbert tallied 28 completions on 47 attempts for 335 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Raiders. He also tallied seven yards on five carries.

Analysis: The Raiders' fearsome pass rush proved to be an issue for the Chargers all game long as Herbert struggled to find much rhythm. The star quarterback did complete passes to eight different targets, but the overwhelming majority went to just Keenan Allen, Gerald Everett, Austin Ekeler and Joshua Palmer. Los Angeles' erratic defense has essentially made Herbert a near consistent top option most weeks, and it shouldn't change in the coming weeks with a number of dangerous teams still left on the schedule.

Dec 4, 2022 7:45 PM EST

Three touchdowns to rally for win

Herbert completed 35 of 47 passes for 274 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 25-24 win over the Cardinals. He added four rushes for 38 yards.

Analysis: Herbert threw for three touchdowns for the first time since Week 2, cashing in for two, 33 and one-yard scores. He also managed a strong yardage total, though that came primarily due to volume rather than efficiency as he averaged only 5.8 yards per attempt. Though his production came from his work as a passer, Herbert did chip in a season-best 38 rushing yards -- also good enough to lead the team.

Nov 27, 2022 5:41 PM EST

Excels in loss

Herbert tallied 23 completions on 30 attempts for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Chiefs. He also carried the ball five times for 17 yards.

Analysis: Herbert set season highs in completion percentage and yards per completion, but the sterling outing wasn't enough to help the Chargers pull off the win. Sunday marked the first time since Week 7 the third-year signal caller tallied multiple touchdowns in a contest, and not coincidentally Sunday also marked the return of his two top targets in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, although the latter didn't make it through the full game after sustaining an ankle injury. At the moment Herbert is on pace for career lows in touchdowns and rushing yards, but most of that can be explained away with the injuries to his pass catchers and the rib injury suffered back in the end of September. The Pro Bowl quarterback should be poised for an intriguing stretch with matchups against the porous defenses of the Cardinals, Raiders and Dolphins over the next three weeks.

Nov 20, 2022 8:40 PM EST

Shut out in second half

Herbert completed 21 of 35 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the 49ers. He also ran the ball five times for 22 yards.

Analysis: Herbert and the Chargers put together a brilliant opening drive that culminated in a wide-open touchdown to DeAndre Carter, but the offense was unable to score another touchdown from that point forward as the 49ers never allowed a big play. The superstar quarterback briefly was forced to leave the game to end the second quarter after taking a crushing hit, but after passing concussion protocols Herbert was allowed to return to the game. Up next is a pivotal divisional matchup against the Chiefs, who allowed Herbert to wrack up 334 passing yards in the Week 2 loss.

Nov 13, 2022 8:53 PM EST

Held in check by Atlanta

Herbert completed 30 of 43 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 20-17 win over Atlanta. He added three yards on one rushing attempt.

Analysis: Working without top two wide receivers Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle), Herbert was held to a paltry 5.7 yards per pass attempt by a Falcons secondary that came in having allowed the most passing yards in the league. The Chargers got off to a slow start as usual, becoming the third team in NFL history to trail by at least 10 points after the first quarter of four consecutive games, but they climbed out of that hole by halftime, as Herbert's one-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler put Los Angeles up 14-10. After Atlanta took advantage of a Herbert interception to retake the lead 17-14 in the third quarter, he led a pair of field goal drives in the fourth, with Cameron Dicker's 37-yard field goal propelling the Chargers to a 20-17 victory as time expired. Expectations should be tempered for Herbert in Week 10 against the robust 49ers secondary, especially if the Chargers remain without Allen and Williams.

Nov 6, 2022 2:25 PM EST

Airs it out again in loss

Herbert completed 33 of 51 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Seahawks. He added 22 rushing yards on three carries.

Analysis: For the second straight week, Herbert had to attempt more than 50 passes, but this time the volume didn't result in a win. The quarterback's numbers were still solid, especially considering his depleted wideout group -- Joshua Palmer (concussion) was inactive, Keenan Allen didn't appear to be 100 percent after returning from a hamstring strain, and even Mike Williams limped off with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Herbert has tossed multiple TDs in four of seven games to begin the season, and the offense's injury situation may not be so dire coming out of the Chargers' Week 8 bye.

Oct 23, 2022 6:34 PM EST

Attempts 57 passes

Herbert completed 37 of his 57 passes for 238 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Monday's 19-16 win over the Broncos. He added two rushes for nine yards.

Analysis: The Chargers possessed the ball for nearly 39 minutes as opposed to Denver's 28 minutes of possession. That allowed Herbert to rack up an incredible volume of pass attempts, though he managed only an abysmal 4.2 yards per attempt which limited him to under 250 passing yards for the second consecutive game. The performance also marked the first time that Herbert failed to find the end zone this season, though he could be in for a bounceback performance in what figures to be a fast-paced Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks.

Oct 17, 2022 9:59 PM EST

Takes backseat in win

Herbert completed 22 of his 34 pass attempts for 228 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-28 win over the Browns. He also carried the ball five times for 13 yards.

Analysis: Herbert took a backseat as the Chargers compiled 238 rushing yards against a porous Browns run defense. The young quarterback has been absolutely dynamic to begin the season as Herbert is currently second in the NFL in passing yards and near the top of the league in terms of TD:INT ratio (10:2). The fact he's done almost all this damage without his top wideout in Keenan Allen (hamstring) is all the more surprising. Expect things to get a bit more difficult for Herbert and company next week against a tough Broncos defense.

Oct 9, 2022 3:25 PM EST

Lights up Texans

Herbert completed 27 of 39 passes for 340 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 34-24 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Herbert remained on the injury report due to fractured rib cartilage for much of the week, though he showed no sign of pain against the Texans. He threw multiple touchdowns for the third time this season, including an 18 yard-toss to Gerald Everett and a 14-yard completion to Austin Ekeler. Ekeler finished off two drives on the ground, which cost Herbert a bigger performance. Nevertheless, he showed the continued ability to hit for big plays -- even in the absence of Keenan Allen (hamstring) -- highlighted by a 50-yard completion to Mike Williams.

Oct 2, 2022 4:17 PM EST

Good to go Week 4

Herbert (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Houston.

Analysis: Herbert gutted out the fractured rib cartilage he suffered Week 2 last Sunday against the Jaguars, completing 25 of 45 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception while playing all 58 snaps on offense. After capping Week 4 prep with back-to-back full practices, his status isn't in question for Sunday, but he will be without Keenan Allen (hamstring) for a third consecutive contest and Jalen Guyton (torn ACL). As a result, wide receivers Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer, running back Austin Ekeler and tight end Gerald Everett figure to be Herbert's top targets this weekend.

Sep 30, 2022 1:30 PM EST

Logs full practice

Herbert (ribs) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: That Herbert practiced fully Thursday suggests that he's in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Texans. Friday's injury report will reveal whether the QB heads into the weekend with a Week 4 injury designation or fully cleared to continue to play through his rib issue.

Sep 29, 2022 3:32 PM EST

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