Justin Herbert’s biggest concern with the LA Chargers: The transition to better competition
This feels like such a cheater answer to put as every single rookie has to deal with the leap in talent that occurs when coming to the NFL. College football is not as richly talented as the NFL, so of course, there is going to be a talent jump.
However, with Justin Herbert, that is the one thing that could potentially hold him back. He seemingly has all the traits to be a great quarterback: he has a great arm, displayed a solid pocket presence and can use his legs when he needed to.
Herbert’s overall numbers were good with Oregon but he struggled in the team’s biggest games of the season. Against Auburn to open the season he threw for just 242 yards and one touchdown and in the last three games of the season against Oregon State, Utah and Wisconsin, Herbert threw for only a combined 505 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
In Herbert’s final four games, he had a combined completion percentage of only 58.9 percent.
Granted, Herbert is also going to benefit from getting better competition and weapons around him, but that big leap that comes with NFL defenses is worrisome. Sam Darnold is a great example of a recent quarterback that has struggled in that leap to the NFL, and Herbert could be the same.