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LA Chargers Roster: How a preseason would’ve changed the final roster

Alexander Insdorf
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Wide receiver Jason Moore #89 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Wide receiver Jason Moore #89 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Justin Herbert more competitive for starting job vs. Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor officially clinched the starting job a few days ago with Anthony Lynn’s announcement. In reality, though, Taylor had the Week 1 starting job from the moment training camp started. OTAs, rookie minicamp, and offseason work being canceled greatly affected rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. As powerful as Zoom is, it can’t replace the real thing.

Chargers’ beat writers have been gushing about Herbert already. His intelligence, poise, and desire to improve with the coaching staff is impressing everyone.

On Hard Knocks, he’s made some great throws that have even impressed the likes of Chris Harris. He’s also thrown some picks, but what’s been great about that is him going over to Pep Hamilton, Shane Steichen, or Lynn when he does do something wrong.

For the record, I still think Taylor would’ve won the job even in a normal offseason. With Herbert’s progress in training camp though, it’s not hard to see that this would’ve been a much closer preseason battle if not for the pandemic. Sports Illustrated’s Chargers reporter Fernando Ramirez has said as much:

https://twitter.com/GACPodcast17/status/1301890793947365377

The timing of Herbert becoming the starter during the season will probably be different than if there was a preseason as well. With a preseason, I could’ve seen the former Oregon quarterback come in during Week 6 or so. Without one, he may not come in until Week 12 or later, depending on the situation.

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