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LA Chargers: Why Justin Herbert will be better than Aaron Rodgers in 2021

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during the NFL game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during the NFL game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chargers defeated the Raiders in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Justin Herbert’s supporting cast on the LA Chargers will be on par with Aaron Rodgers

The biggest difference between these two teams last season, at least offensively, was not the quarterback position. While Rodgers was obviously better, the bigger difference was the offensive line play as the Packers had one of the best in the league while the Chargers had one of the worst.

That will change in 2021. While the Packers are still going to have a good offensive line, they did lose their leader in Corey Linsley, who was the best center in the league last season. Where did they lose him to? The LA Chargers.

I still would bet that the Packers offensive line is better in 2021 but the difference is not nearly going to be as big as it was last year and Herbert is going to get the same luxuries that Rodgers gets in Green Bay. The bigger difference is the weapons between the two teams.

Keenan Allen and Davante Adams are very similar as they are both overlooked and are neck-and-neck on the NFL wide receiver totem poll. In fact, if you are ranking the top receivers in the league you probably would put Allen and Adams right next to each other.

The rest of the supporting cast goes to the Chargers. Mike Williams is the better no. 2 option and that gap is bigger than the gap between Tyron Johnson and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Robert Tonyan was solid last season but Rodgers made him and the Chargers have a very deep tight end room. Jared Cook is arguably a better deep threat and the Chargers have a fantastic red zone target in Donald Parham.

Then we have Austin Ekeler and Aaron Jones. Jones is arguably the better pure runner but Ekeler is the best receiving back in the league not named Christian McCaffrey. He too will be a weapon in the passing game for Justin Herbert to target.

Herbert has the advantage when it comes to the weapons around and Rodgers has the advantage in the offensive line. We know how naturally talented he is and he is going to take a step up while having the same situation that the reigning MVP has.

That is promising and one more important detail will push Herbert slightly over Rodgers.

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