After a season that saw Justin Herbert win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, some of his LA Chargers teammates might have a path to winning an award this season.
Justin Herbert broke all kinds of records en route to an OROY award, much to the delight of Chargers fans everywhere. While Herbert might be looking to build upon that award, many of his teammates could have their eyes set on different awards within their reach.
These are the players that might win an award with the LA Chargers in the 2021 season:
Justin Herbert, MVP
The league is expecting the reigning rookie of the year to take the next step in his development under the tutelage of a new coaching staff. While it is safer to keep expectations grounded on Herbert as he learns a new offense, the talented signal-caller has done nothing but obliterate expectations since his name was called on April 23rd, 2020.
Should he rise to the challenge and deliver an MVP-caliber season, he will likely have competition from a couple of AFC stars with stacked teams in Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.
Other MVP candidates are Russell Wilson, who is always somehow in the conversation even if he has never gotten a single MVP vote in his career, as well as dark-horse candidate Ryan Tannehill, who is not exactly on the same level as the players mentioned before him, but has around him an incredibly stacked team with weapons around him such as A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, as well as Derrick Henry to take the pressure off the passing game.
Speaking of stacked teams, Tom Brady enters year 22 with an elite offensive line, a stable of talented and established running backs, and a receiving corps that has one of the best wide receivers of this generation in Antonio Brown as only third in the depth chart, as well as a tight end room with Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, who could start for many teams around the league.
Holding off the challenge from this set of players will be tough, as well as overcoming the lack of media attention the Chargers seem to get year after year. Herbert has already captured the nation’s eyes in a way Philip Rivers never could, and with a very active Bolt Fam behind him, a case for Herbert winning MVP looks plausible.
Herbert has a revamped offensive line, receiving talent around him, and will be operating an offense that saw Drew Brees rack up insane numbers year after year. A 17-game regular season could also help him reach milestones such as a 5,000-yard season. Chargers fans should be excited to see what Herbert will do as a second act in his young career.