Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10
Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10
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Inconsistent outing in loss

Herbert completed 28 of 44 attempts for 303 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos. He also led the team in rushing with 36 yards on four carries.

Analysis: Fantasy managers will be happy enough with Herbert's performance, but much of his production came in junk time as a a poorly thrown checkdown to Austin Ekeler in the fourth quarter bounced off the running back's hands and turned into a game-sealing pick six. That wasn't the only bad throw for the 23-year-old as Herbert also made an uncharacteristically bad throw with the game actually within reach to begin the fourth, missing Jared Cook on a red-zone throw which turned into an interception and helped turned the momentum in favor of the Broncos. Herbert now has thrown an interception in seven games this season and is dangerously on pace to exceed his interception figures (10) from last season.

Nov 28, 2021 5:59 PM EST

Incredible performance in win

Herbert completed 30 of 41 attempts for 382 passing yards and three touchdowns to go along with one interception in Sunday's come-from-behind 41-37 win over the Steelers. He also carried the ball nine times for 90 yards.

Analysis: The Chargers appeared to be cruising to an easy win before the Steelers stormed back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead, in part because of a tipped pass turned interception which represented the lone blemish on an otherwise sterling performance from Herbert. The second-year quarterback time and again stepped up into the pocket and routinely extended drives with his legs, rushing for multiple first downs including a pivotal fourth-quarter 36-yard scramble which set up what figured to be the game-sealing touchdown before the aforementioned comeback ensued. It's hard to envision a team losing contain to that extent the rest of season, but Sunday's prime-time performance is a perfect reminder of Herbert's athletic capabilities. The 23-year-old figures to have a more difficult matchup next week against the Broncos.

Nov 21, 2021 9:18 PM EST

Held in check by Vikings

Herbert completed 20 of 34 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Vikings. He also gained 22 rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: His two-yard TD toss to Austin Ekeler in the third quarter gave the Bolts a 17-13 lead, but the game was all Minnesota down the stretch. Herbert has not taken the big step forward in his second season some expected, but he still sports a solid 19:7 TD:INT through nine games heading into a Week 11 tilt against the Steelers.

Nov 14, 2021 6:37 PM EST

Produces three TDs in win

Herbert completed 32 of 38 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns while gaining 14 yards and a TD on five carries in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Eagles. He also threw a two-point conversion.

Analysis: After two shaky performances sandwiched around the Chargers' Week 7 bye, Herbert rebounded with one of his sharpest performances of the season. He leaned heavily on his tight ends in the red zone, tossing TDs to Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson and hitting Jared Cook for a two-point conversion. Herbert will take an 18:6 TD:INT, plus two rushing scores, through eight games into a Week 10 clast with the Vikings.

Nov 7, 2021 7:31 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Herbert (right hand) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Herbert was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday paves the way for him to start Sunday's game against the 3-5 Eagles. He'll look to rebound from back-to-back subpar efforts in consecutive losses to the Ravens and Patriots. Prior to that, Herbert had recorded an 11:0 TD:INT ratio in his three previous games (all wins).

Nov 4, 2021 3:44 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Herbert (right hand) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Daniel Popper of The Athletic indicates that the QB first injured his throwing hand when he made contact with a helmet during the Chargers' Week 3 win over the Chiefs. When asked Wednesday if Herbert was dealing with any lingering effects from that issue, coach Brandon Staley replied "no." At this stage there's nothing to suggest that the QB is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles, but Herbert will need to practice fully by Friday in order to avoid a Week 9 injury designation.

Nov 3, 2021 3:48 PM EST

Back-to-back poor outings

Herbert completed 18 of 35 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Patriots. He also carried the ball twice for nine yards.

Analysis: After a sizzling four-game stretch to begin the season, Herbert and the rest of the Chargers have come back down to earth. Sunday marked the second straight game in which the second-year quarterback completed under 60 percent of his passes. Credit that somewhat to the Patriots' run-heavy approach which limited Herbert to his fewest passing attempts this season, but even when the Chargers did have the ball miscommunication with his receivers was an issue. Most notably, Herbert sailed a pass intended for tight end Jared Cook late in the fourth quarter which turned into a game-sealing pick six and while he was able to lead a junk-time touchdown the ensuing drive, the aforementioned interception was a perfect encapsulation of the dreary day. Things should get a little easier next week against an inconsistent Eagles defense.

Oct 31, 2021 5:26 PM EST

Flops in Baltimore

Herbert completed 22 of 39 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Ravens. He added 12 yards on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: Herbert started 8-for-17 for 71 yards and an interception through five drives as the Chargers fell behind 17-0, but he came alive with a one-yard touchdown to Jared Cook on the following possession. That momentum was short-lived, however, as Baltimore answered with a third-quarter touchdown, followed by a Herbert incompletion on 4th-and-1 in his own territory that all but decided the result with more than a quarter to play. Considering the second-year signal-caller had previously thrown for at least 300 yards or three-plus touchdowns in every game this season, this dud can be written off as a one-game blip against an elite defense. Expect Herbert to bounce back once Los Angeles comes out of its Week 7 bye.

Oct 17, 2021 1:52 PM EST

Five touchdowns in high-scoring win

Herbert completed 26 of 43 attempts for 398 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball four times for 29 yards and an additional score in the 47-42 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Sunday's extraordinary outing set the record for most 300-yard games through two years in the league (11) as Herbert absolutely eviscerated a stout Browns defense to the tune of 15.3 yards per completion. The young signal caller completed at least one 20-yard pass to five different targets as the offense relentlessly attacked downfield. It certainly helps that the Chargers seem intent on maximizing their possessions as Herbert and company converted all three fourth-down conversions in the second half, including two on a pivotal momentum-changing drive down 14 early in the third quarter. Once again the emerging connection with Mike Williams paid dividends as the duo connected on a 72-yard strike for the longest scoring play this year for the Chargers, but usual suspects Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler also chipped in with their typical workloads. If any team can stymie Herbert and company it figures to be Week 6's opponent, the Ravens, but given the second-year QB's brilliance he's firmly in the must-start category regardless of the matchup

Oct 10, 2021 5:36 PM EST

Another impressive outing

Herbert completed 25 of 38 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 28-14 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Herbert started with a couple of touchdowns to his tight ends before hitting tailback Austin Ekeler on a 14-yard score to end the first half. He then helped the Chargers maintain their lead after halftime, playing turnover-free ball for the second straight game. With seven TDs over that span to go with a couple of key divisional wins, Herbert has been one of the standout performers league-wide thus far. The second-year signal-caller will strive to keep his strong play going in another top-heavy tussle Week 5 versus the Browns.

Oct 4, 2021 9:18 PM EST

Not on injury report

Herbert is not listed on the Chargers' Week 4 injury report.

Analysis: Herbert had his throwing hand wrapped and iced before he left Arrowhead Stadium in the wake of the Chargers' 30-24 win over Kansas City in Week 3. At the time, the issue was downplayed, and his absence from Thursday's injury report puts him firmly in line to start Monday night's home game against the 3-0 Raiders.

Sep 30, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Hurts hand in heroic win

Herbert had his throwing hand wrapped and iced before he left Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, but he's expected to be okay, NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Herbert played every snap in Sunday's 30-24 win over Kansas City, including a four-yard, game-winning TD pass to Mike Williams on the final play of the afternoon for the Chargers offense. Williams' fifth-year breakout has aided the second-year QB's average of 318.7 passing yards per game, though Herbert has perhaps been a bit disappointing in fantasy due to turnovers (four) and a lack of rushing production (27 yards, zero TDs). In any case, he'll have an extra day to recover from his hand injury before the Chargers host the Raiders on Monday in Week 4.

Sep 27, 2021 6:34 AM EST

Masterful in signature win

Herbert completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Chiefs. He also registered 16 yards on four carries.

Analysis: The Chargers benefitted from a turnover-prone Chiefs offense as Herbert and company scored 20 points off miscues. The second-year quarterback has picked up right where he left off following his Rookie of the Year campaign throwing for 951 yards and a sterling 6:3 TD:INT ratio through three contests, benefitting significantly from a new-look offense that seems content moving the ball through the air (just 21 designed runs Sunday). The emergence of Mike Williams (7-122-2 in Sunday's win) as a co-No. 1 wideout opposite Keenan Allen has been a revelation and given Herbert a key red-zone target that he simply didn't have last season. At this point, Herbert might simply be matchup proof in terms of fantasy and certainly should be primed for another great outing next week against the vulnerable Raiders defense.

Sep 26, 2021 1:49 PM EST

Flags ruin big outing

Herbert completed 31 of 41 attempts for 338 yards and one touchdown to go along with two interceptions in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys. He also carried the ball four times for 12 yards.

Analysis: The second-year signal caller once again attempted 40-plus passes, but the Dallas defense did a good job limiting Herbert from connecting on any big plays. The star QB once again spread the ball around to his pass catchers, completing receptions to nine different targets. The two interceptions were unpredictably poor throws from the 23-year-old as a forced pass to Keenan Allen on the opening drive coupled with an errant pass late in third at the goal line directly crushed two scoring opportunities. That wasn't the only thing holding back a gigantic fantasy day, however. A 36-yard touchdown pass on a well designed play to tight end Donald Parham was called back due to holding, a possession that then ended with the aforementioned interception at the goal line. An egregiously poor call on the team's final possession also negated what would have been the go-ahead touchdown pass to Jared Cook, forcing the team to settle for a field goal. Herbert's passing volume on a week-to-week base almost guarantees a safe fantasy floor, but it wouldn't be surprising at all if the Chargers are forced into offensive overdrive next week against the Chiefs.

Sep 19, 2021 5:47 PM EST

Nearly sterling season debut

Herbert completed 31 of 47 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown to go along with an interception in Sunday's 20-16 win over Washington.

Analysis: Herbert was noticeably comfortable in his first game under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system, routinely sitting back in the pocket and finding open receivers. By the end of the first half, the second-year signal caller had completed passes to seven different players and finished the game with at least a dozen completions over 15-plus yards. If not for a couple of bad drops by Mike Williams in the third quarter and an egregious one by Keenan Allen early in the first half, the 23-year-old likely could have had more opportunities at finding paydirt, but an impressive yardage total will have to be a small consolation for fantasy managers. Herbert figures to be primed for another solid day next week against the Cowboys.

Sep 12, 2021 2:50 PM EST

Won't play in preseason

Herbert is not in line to see any preseason action, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Coach Brandon Staley will elect to play it safe with his young franchise QB, with an eye toward having Herbert healthy and fresh for Week 1 action. As a result, Chase Daniel, Easton Stick and KJ Costello are slated to share the team's preseason signal-caller reps.

Aug 12, 2021 10:45 AM EST

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

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