Justin Herbert

LA Chargers: 3 things we’ve learned about Justin Herbert in 3 starts

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers Justin Herbert
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) – LA Chargers Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert is now three starts into his LA Chargers career.

We are four weeks through the 2020 NFL season and we have already gotten three starts out of Justin Herbert and just one out of Tyrod Taylor. This was not expected heading into the year but the LA Chargers were backed into a corner after team doctors accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while administering a pain-killing injection for a cracked rib.

This was not the plan heading into the year and personally, I thought that Herbert might not start at all this season. We had a pretty infamous tweet that was sent out right before Herbert had to make the emergency start, and, well, we had to apologize for it.

OFFICIAL APOLOGY: pic.twitter.com/2jR9QM4WLX

— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) September 21, 2020

While the LA Chargers are 0-3 in Herbert’s three starts, you cannot fault the young quarterback for the three losses. Herbert has completed 77 of 107 attempts (72%) for 931 yards and five touchdowns and three interceptions. However, he does also have a fumble and a rushing touchdown.

The turnovers may seem shaky, but I would not say that any of them necessarily lost the Chargers the game. Overall, Herbert is still the only quarterback since the NFL-AFL merger to start his career with 900+ passing yards with at least a 70% completion in his first three starts.

Yet still, there is a quarterback discussion to be had, with Tyrod Taylor likely getting his job back once he is healthy (I think if the Chargers have to start Tyrod then it should be in Week 5, ideally, I would prefer not to start him).

While the team is 0-3 in his starts, I think each start has taught us one new thing about Herbert that should make fans more comfortable and Anthony Lynn‘s decision much easier. Here are the three things that we have learned.

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