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 Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – Justin Herbert
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – Justin Herbert

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in year 2:

Andrew Luck in year 2 vs. year 1

Andrew Luck is the quarterback that compares the best to Justin Herbert. Both are extremely smart, have great arms (Herbert has the advantage) and can make teams pay with their legs. They are not run-first quarterbacks, but they can extend plays by getting out of the pocket and firing strikes down the field.

So Charger fans should feel good about how good Luck was in his second season. Injuries eventually plagued him later in his career, but after his first two seasons, we all thought that he was the next face of the league.

Luck completed 54.1% of his passes in his rookie season for 4,374 yards and 23 touchdowns with 18 interceptions. He had 255 rushing yards and five tushing touchdowns.

Luck’s passing yards went down to 3,822 in his second season but he attempted fewer passes and was more efficient. He completed 60.2% of his passes with 23 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He ran the ball for 377 yards and four touchdowns.

The Indianapolis Colts in year 2 vs. year 1: 

The Indianapolis Colts lucked out in going from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck much like the Chargers lucked out in going from Philip Rivers to Justin Herbert. Rivers is not Manning, but Herbert might be even better than Luck.

The Colts went 11-5 in Luck’s rookie season but lost in the AFC Wild Card Round to the Baltimore Ravens. The team had the exact same record in Luck’s second season, making it to the AFC Divisional Round only to lose to the New England Patriots.

They got one game further the following season, losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship in the now-infamous deflategate game.

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Luck allowed the Colts to turn the page to a new chapter and Herbert will do the same thing. The incredible thing is that Herbert was so much better than Luck was in his rookie season, so the sky really is the limit for the LA Chargers quarterback.

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