Justin Herbert

LA Chargers: Justin Herbert’s game grade from record-setting day

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers takes the snap during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers takes the snap during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The cons of Justin Herbert’s game:

Quite frankly, there was only really one big con of Justin Herbert’s game. This was not one of his better games, but he did not make many mistakes in this one that is worth calling a con. There were a few drops, such as Mike Williams’ drop in the endzone, as well as some balls batted at the line of scrimmage that definitely impacted his overall stat line.

The only rookie moment for the rookie quarterback was at the end of the first half. The LA Chargers began cooking and moving down the field and were in a prime position to get the ball in at least field goal range and put up more points on the board.

However, following a timeout, Justin Herbert was hit from behind and lost the football, which Donald Parham thankfully scooped up 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

The blocking in this play was terrible and it is not all on Herbert, but this was the case of the rookie quarterback trying to do too much in a two-minute drill. He evaded the pressure, stepped up and made and attempted to make an off-balance throw before being hit and losing the football.

I cannot blame Herbert for doing this as he has been making plays like this all season, but a veteran quarterback would likely have realized that the play was dead, evaded pressure and thrown the ball away to keep the drive alive.

Herbert tried to do too much and it nearly led to Bronco points. If Parham does not scoop the ball up then the Chargers might lose this game and this play would be similar to the Joshua Kelley fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It is a small con, but it is worth mentioning.

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