The pros of Justin Herbert not playing in the preseason:
The biggest factor here is obviously the injury risk. Every Charger fan knows this and knows that this is why the team is making this decision. The Bolts do not want to put Justin Herbert in any situation that could get him hurt before the games even count.
This is a far way to come from Anthony Lynn leaving Herbert in a blowout against the New England Patriots only to get hit hard multiple times!
These games do not mean anything and to see the franchise quarterback get hurt in a meaningless game would be incredibly painful to see. With the Chargers' injury luck, it would not be all that surprising, though.
The Chargers can control things in practice and make sure Herbert is not getting hit. They cannot control that in a game situation, even if it is just the preseason. There are no gentleman's agreements, either. Someone that is trying to make the Rams' roster will 100% hit Herbert as hard as he can if it means getting a spot.
There is also something to be said about the mystique of this new offseason. There will be similar looks ran out there with Chase Daniel and Easton Stick but it won't be completely the same as the Chargers do not want to give too much away.
Teams won't know what to expect from Justin Herbert in this new-look offense, at least at the beginning of the season.
Let's get into the cons.