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LA Chargers: Why Justin Herbert won’t start a single game in 2020

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 from Oregon of the South Team warms up before the start of the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The Noth Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 from Oregon of the South Team warms up before the start of the 2020 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The Noth Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Justin Herbert won’t start a game for the LA Chargers in 2020.

The LA Chargers selected Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, marking a new era for the franchise as it moved on from Philip Rivers. Like Rivers, it was expected that Herbert would not be the Chargers’ full-time starter in 2020.

That honor is going to go to Tyrod Taylor. All signs pointed to Taylor being the starting quarterback during the offseason and that continues to be the case into training camp. This is exactly the kind of role that he had with the Cleveland Browns two years ago.

The team can implement a similar offensive scheme with Taylor that they will likely use moving forward with Herbert, capitalizing on Taylor’s mobility. Taylor does not have quite the same arm, but the mobility and “moving parts” portion of the offense will stay the same.

As we saw with Taylor in Cleveland, though, there is no guarantee that he will start all 16 games. Injuries happen, as do disappointing performances. If either of those things happens, many expect Herbert to get his chance.

However, I do not think that is the case. The only possible way I see Herbert starting a game is if the team is in playoff position (or in the playoffs) and Taylor gets hurt. Realistically, though, we probably won’t see Herbert start a game in 2020.

Here is why.

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