Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert is one of the best young quarterbacks in the entire league who also has legitimate MVP potential. Part of the reason why Herbert has legitimate MVP potential in 2021 is because of the weapons that he has on the LA Chargers.
While he lost Hunter Henry to the New England Patriots, Herbert still has plenty of different weapons to target in the passing game this season. With an offensive scheme change under Joe Lombardi, the number of targets going to each weapon could very well change.
Herbert should be throwing the ball slightly less than last season with more winning football but with two extra games (Herbert only played 15 last season), the overall targets will likely be similar. We are projecting Herbert to have 600 passing targets since it is a nice, round number.
Which weapons will Justin Herbert target the most on the LA Chargers?
1. Keenan Allen
This might seem like an obvious choice but it is actually really close between Allen and no. 2 on this list and it really could go either way. At the end of the day, though, Allen is such a good route runner and is so great at creating early separation that he is likely going to thrive in this offense.
The New Orleans Saints offense was great at quick-strike passing that would move the ball down the field. Michael Thomas gets flack for only catching slant routes and if there is anyone who can run a slant route the best it is Keenan Allen.
There should be more over-the-top designs in this offense as it is not a carbon-copy of the Saints’ offense but Allen will still be money in the short to medium range because of his elusiveness.
It is going to be hard for Justin Herbert to not throw the ball to Allen almost 10 times a game when he is constantly getting open so quickly off the line of scrimmage.
Projected targets: 165