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LA Chargers: Reasonable expectations for offensive rookies

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: K.J. Hill #14 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Tulane Green Wave at Ohio Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: K.J. Hill #14 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Tulane Green Wave at Ohio Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers rookie expectations, Justin Herbert:

  • Four or fewer games started, ≤ 1,000 passing yards, ≤ Six passing touchdowns, ≤ six interceptions

It is pretty clear that Justin Herbert is not going to be the starting quarterback of the LA Chargers in 2020. As promising as Herbert is as an NFL talent, the starting job is Tyrod Taylor’s to lose and with how high Anthony Lynn is on Taylor, chances are he won’t lose it quickly.

With a talented roster around him, Taylor absolutely should perform at a high enough level to keep the starting job for most of the season. Of course, injuries and things can happen, but I think the Bolts will be floating around .500 for the entire season, keeping Taylor in the mix.

In the absolute worst-case scenario for the Chargers, the team would be heading into Week 14 with a 4-8 or worse record and would essentially be out of the playoff running, which could lead to Justin Herbert getting some playing time to prepare for his sophomore season.

Barring injury, that transition is likely not going to happen any sooner than the last quarter of the season, and could happen anytime between Week 14 and 17.

In the games that he starts, we can reasonably expect Herbert to pass for 200-250 yards per game, and average 1.5 touchdowns and interceptions per game.

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