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LA Chargers debate: Justin Herbert vs Jordan Love

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up during pregame warm ups prior to the start of an NCAA football game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks warms up during pregame warm ups prior to the start of an NCAA football game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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LA Chargers Debate: Justin Herbert vs Jordan Love, more similarities

Expanding a bit more on their mobility, both Herbert and Love are actually very accurate passers while on the run. Love does it more often, but Herbert does excel at it too. The off-platform throws are really how Love has made a name for himself. Let’s take a look at a throw he made against LSU to demonstrate this.

Crazy good throw by Jordan Love vs. LSU

– on the run– perfect placement with touch at an awkward angle pic.twitter.com/Tono25U0Fq

— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) February 27, 2020

Detractors use this game as an argument against Love being the pick at number six overall, but if you actually sit and watch the whole game I think you’ll agree with me that Love did in fact play very well this game.

He made several splash throws such as this one throughout the game, and the talent gap in this game cannot be overstated. This LSU defense has several first-round talents, including every member of the secondary who will be playing on Sundays.

I don’t even think there’s a single NFL talent on Utah State’s offense besides Love. Regardless, you can’t teach that kind of accuracy while throwing on the run. You either can or can’t make that throw. Simply put, that is a dime.

Herbert is no slouch in this area either. As I mentioned, he doesn’t go off-script very often but when he does he makes very accurate throws. The difference in frequency here occurs because Herbert had the pleasure to throw behind the best offensive line in college football. (If you haven’t watched film on Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, you should ASAP).

While Love showed the ability to throw with touch on the first play, Hebert shows off his rocket arm on this one. That really is a TINY window he’s able to fit the ball into. Making that throw from the pocket would have been great, but doing it on the run is flat out impressive. That’s an NFL throw, no doubt about it.

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