Justin Herbert did not get a preseason to show off his potential last season and got his first taste of NFL football in a 10-minute spot start for the LA Chargers in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Herbert will continue his career trend of not playing in the preseason in year two. Despite there being a preseason, this year reduced to three games, Herbert will not be playing before Week 1 against the Washington Football Team.
Head coach Brandon Staley confirmed on Thursday that Herbert would not be partaking in any of the Chargers' three preseason games. He is not alone, either, as Derwin James, Corey Linsley, Bryan Bulaga, Jared Cook and others will also not play at all this preseason.
There are some benefits and some drawbacks of Justin Herbert not playing during the LA Chargers preseason.
To be completely transparent, I support the move to sit Justin Herbert (and others) until Week 1 of the 2021 season. That being said, I also understand that there are some drawbacks, along with the benefits, to making this decision.
Coach Staley and the rest of the organization absolutely weighed these pros and cons as part of their decision as well. There is no doubt about that.
The hope is that the pros end up paying off during the season and the cons don't make a difference whatsoever. Let's start with the pros.