Justin Herbert cemented himself as the rookie of the year
Sunday saw another very unfortunate injury in the NFL. In the third quarter, Joe Burrow got twisted around by the Washington Football Team pass rush and was carted off the field. Early indications suggest that Burrow tore his ACL. It has not yet been confirmed, although it is likely.
This is awful for Burrow and the league. Burrow and Herbert were going back and forth every week with impressive performances that showcased that the league was in great hands for the future.
Obviously, Burrow is not going to finish out his rookie of the year bid. It feels ugly even mentioning the rookie of the year award alongside his injury, but it is relevant to Herbert.
The other early first-round quarterback taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, Tua Tagovailoa, missed too many games to realistically win the award. However, he was getting more buzz than he deserved with him being on the surging Dolphins that had not lost a game with him starting.
Tua was pretty bad this week against Denver and lost. That simply put the nail in the coffin on any sort of rookie of the year push.
The next two closest candidates are Justin Jefferson and Chase Claypool. Both receivers are electric, but won’t do near enough to surpass Herbert in the rookie of the year voting.
Herbert is currently on pace for 4,500 passing yards and 36 touchdowns in his 15 starts. No rookie quarterback has ever hit 4500 passing yards OR 30 passing touchdowns in their rookie season.