5. Justin Herbert being challenged
Everything up to this point has been positive when discussing the development of Justin Herbert. At the same time, he hasn’t been challenged a lot. The first episode saw him chucking balls into nets and the next few didn’t really show him too many different defensive looks. Now, Lynn wants to throw everything he can at Herbert to see him adjust.
— Maura Dooley (@Maura_Dool) September 2, 2020
Herbert was challenged by different schemes and seemed to react quite well. My favorite play was him avoiding a sack, stepping up very quickly, and just unleashing a dime downfield. Chris Harris reacted very positively to Herbert’s play, suggesting that the defense has to “worry about 10”.
We also saw Herbert throw a pick, which is just normal in the process. The thing that was really awesome here was that Taylor came over to him and told him to brush it off.
While Taylor is obviously interested in holding down the starting job for as long as he can, he does have a certain teaching/leadership quality when talking to the young guys. He might not want Herbert to take his job, but it’s encouraging that he loves to give him tips and advice.
I’m hesitant to buy into quarterback play and the long term future of Herbert based on four episodes of Hard Knocks, but I’d also say my perception of him has improved with actually being able to see practice.
What did you like on this episode of Hard Knocks? How will this week’s roster cuts play out in the show next week? Let me know in the comments below!