2. How many games do Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert each start?
Faustino Felix: Taylor should, and probably will play 16 games. Without preseason action, it’s unclear in what stage of development Justin Herbert is in, but the Chargers should be careful about rushing him into action. Unless he gets injured or seriously underperforms, Taylor should have the season to himself.
Steven Haglund: Unless Taylor gets injured, I am fully expecting him to start every game. I think the team stays within reach of the playoffs all year, so I have a tough time imagining a scenario in which Justin Herbert would come off the bench. I have been pleasantly surprised with how he’s (reportedly) picked up the mental side of the position, but Tyrod has the full respect of everyone in the organization and is Anthony Lynn’s guy of all guys.
Devon Auriemma: As long as the Chargers are winning games and staying in playoff contention, Justin Herbert will not start a single game this season. If the season is not going as planned then Herbert will get some playing time when the coaching staff thinks he’s ready to go. Due to my confidence in this team, I believe that Taylor will be starting all 16 games this season.
Alexander Insdorf: Seems like we all agree across the board here. Had there been a true offseason with rookie minicamp, OTA’s, and more reps, Herbert may have been able to push Taylor in 2020. The only situation I see Herbert starting is the Chargers either having a clinched playoff spot late in the year or if they’re out of contention in the last quarter of the season. Otherwise, Taylor does more than enough to keep the job.
Jason Reed: Taylor starts all 16. If the Chargers are good then you keep rolling with Taylor. If the team is bad enough where Herbert is an option then that probably means the offensive line is doing awful, which is the worst thing to throw Herbert into.
The only way he plays is if there is a meaningless game in Week 17 and the Chargers are already locked in their playoff spot. With so many talented AFC teams, that is not likely. Week 17 will mean something.