Herbert has already proven himself to be a formidable quarterback in this league, and this upcoming season could very well be one that culminates in an MVP award and Super Bowl title for the former Oregon standout.
I think all of us in Bolt Fam are expecting Justin to put together an MVP-caliber performance in 2022 with his eyes set on a Super Bowl run. I'm personally pretty confident in his ability to put together the best season of any quarterback.
But let's just go through some of the other quarterbacks in the league that could potentially leap Herbert and steal an MVP from his grasp.
Here are five quarterbacks who will challenge Chargers' Justin Herbert for the MVP award in 2022:
1. Lamar Jackson
Jackson was playing MVP-caliber football despite upping his turnovers last season before he went down in Week 14. Without their MVP, the Ravens wilted away allowing Joe Burrow and the Bengals to sneak in to win the AFC North.
This time around, even though Lamar is down his number one receiver in Marquise Brown, he and the Ravens have a lot of making amends to do for the way 2021 ended.
Had Lamar been in there, I don't think it's crazy to believe that team wins each of their final six games. Even if they lose a second time to Cincinnati, they'd still have wound up cleanly in first place in the North.
Lamar is going to be on a mission in 2021. He's got a revamped defense to lean on, a stud group of running backs coming back from injury, and one of the best tight ends in the game today in Mark Andrews. Not to mention a top coach in John Harbaugh.
We saw Lamar play to an MVP level in what was considered a "down year" last season. Give him a healthy 2022 and I really think you're going to see just how fortunate the Bengals were a year ago.
Jackson and the Ravens are a team to watch, and number eight is one of the mentally strongest players in the league. I'm anticipating a big turnaround in 2022.