Tyrod Taylor

LA Chargers: Grading the 2020 quarterbacks

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks directs the offense during the second quarter of the Pac-12 Championship football game against the Utah Utes at Levi's Stadium on December 6, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Oregon Ducks won 37-15. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks directs the offense during the second quarter of the Pac-12 Championship football game against the Utah Utes at Levi's Stadium on December 6, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Oregon Ducks won 37-15. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers QB2: Justin Herbert

I still don’t quite know what to think of Herbert. Many LA Chargers fans want him to start right away. In fairness, many in the national media do want him as the starter as well. Looking at the situation though, it feels like taking a learning season would help him learn the offense more and get up to NFL speed. Or, maybe I’m wrong and he needs to be thrown into the fire.

Herbert wouldn’t have been my pick at six. As readers may remember, Isaiah Simmons was my guy leading up to the draft. At the same time, there are a lot of positives with Herbert’s game. He is super athletic with a great frame, big arm, and even some mobility. That always has at least a chance to succeed at the NFL level.

His pocket presence is pretty solid too. He doesn’t seem to crack under pressure. At the same time, Herbert’s processing is really what needs to be worked on at the pro level. There is a habit of his where he stares down receivers and doesn’t fully go through his progressions.

Going back to the “when will Herbert start?” question, that also depends on how the coaching staff views his development and how the team is doing under Taylor. If they’re 7-3 and contending for a playoff spot, I don’t see much reason to bring Herbert in this year. On the other hand, if the Chargers fall to 3-7 or are out of playoff contention early, perhaps the coaching staff will play Herbert to see what they have.

It’s ultimately a mixed bag with Herbert that’s somewhat complicated by what exactly how his NFL development goes. There’s both some good and bad in his college game. It’s up to the coaching staff and Herbert to work out the kinks.

There’s a lot of variables that could affect when it will be Herbert’s time. While there is obviously the potential for Herbert to grow, I’m lower on his prospects for the 2020 season as opposed to the future.

Justin Herbert grade: C

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