Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert: How the best rookie QBs and their teams fared in year 2

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers holds the ball during warmups before the game against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers holds the ball during warmups before the game against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers Justin Herbert
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers Justin Herbert

The LA Chargers managed to completely sidestep the quarterback carousel that so many teams get stuck in year after year by drafting Justin Herbert. The Bolts went from Philip Rivers to Justin Herbert with the transition quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, only lasting one start.

Justin Herbert was not meant to start the second game of the 2020 season but he did and he took the football world by storm. Herbert went toe-to-toe with the defending Super Bowl Champions and it was the perfect appetizer to what would be an exceptional rookie season.

The 2020 Rookie of the Year had arguably the greatest rookie season of all-time. He had to beat out the best rookie season by a wide receiver in NFL history, belonging to Justin Jefferson, and broke just about every rookie passing record in the process.

Herbert broke the passing touchdown record, the combined touchdown record, had the most multi-touchdown games by a rookie, the most 300-yard games, the list goes on and on. He finished just short of the all-time rookie passing yards record, which he would have beaten if it was not for a Jalen Guyton drop in Week 17.

It is safe to say that fans are excited for Justin Herbert and the LA Chargers in 2021

Typically it is smart to hold judgment on young quarterbacks as anything can happen year-to-year but rarely do we see someone be this good early in their career only to take a massive step back in year two.

But how does history fare? We took a list at the other four rookie quarterbacks that finished in the top-five in rookie passing yards to see just how they and their teams fared in year two compared to the rookie seasons.

Those four quarterbacks are Andrew Luck (2012), Cam Newton (2011), Jameis Winston (2015) and Carson Wentz (2016).

There are other great rookie quarterback seasons, such as Dak Prescott and Baker Mayfield, but we are just looking at the top five in passing yards, starting with no. 5 in the top five, Carson Wentz.

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