4. Justin Herbert, the most disrespected quarterback in football
Though Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen are close comparisons, Justin catches more strays today than any other quarterback in football.
He has been wrongfully saddled with the narrative that he is not a winning quarterback despite having 10 fourth-quarter comebacks and 13 game-winning drives in his three professional seasons.
If we look at the big four quarterbacks drafted in 2020: Justin, Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Jalen Hurts, Justin’s good for nearly half the fourth-quarter comebacks and 43% of game-winning drives of the group. Yet the other three are hailed as consummate “winners” when Justin’s the one actually putting his team on his back in the waning seconds of games.
There’s a lot to look forward to this season if you’re a big Justin Herbert stan, but perhaps most tantalizing is the very real possibility he creates a monstrous gap between himself and the other quarterbacks of his class in the eyes of the general public by the end of the year.
People are starting to count him out and I think that’s a great spot for him to be in with having a great OC incoming, having hit rock bottom already after 27-0, and having a chip on his shoulder for the first time in his professional career.