Why Justin Herbert Will Take A Leap

Justin Herbert
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Justin Herbert had a very successful first campaign in the NFL, topping it off by winning the NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Award. Though, this year Herbert seems ready to go above and beyond what he did last year. His rookie campaign could be labeled as the greatest rookie season for a quarterback in NFL History.

Last season, the Chargers QB1 had 4,336 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. While completing 66.6% of his passes and recording a 98.3 QB Rating. While setting records in pass completions (for a rookie QB), the youngest quarterback to throw 30 TD’s, and most total touchdowns in NFL History by a rookie QB. His five rushing touchdowns were also the most by a Chargers QB in a single season in franchise history. Had he played in week one, Herbert also would have broken the passing yards record by a rookie QB. But, at that time, Tyrod Taylor was the starting QB.

Additions To The Roster

Corey Linsley

The Los Angeles Chargers improved their offensive line by getting Linsley. Who not to mention was the center for the NFL MVP last year, Aaron Rodgers. Linsley has proved to be one of the best centers in the game today, and Herbert should be thrilled to have Linsley in front of him.

Not only did the Chargers ink the best center in the league to a deal, but they also signed him for five years.

Oday Aboushi

They also picked up Oday Aboushi to have as their Right Guard this next season. A spot where the team failed to get any sort of consistency. On 1,875 total snaps, Aboushi has only blown 33 blocks (19 pass, 14 run).

Matt Feiler

This might just be one of the most underrated acquisitions by any team all offseason. Feiler helped the Steelers offensive line hold opponents to the fewest sacks in the NFL over the past three seasons. In 1,499 pass-blocking snaps, Feiler only blew 31. In 903 run-blocking snaps, he only blew eight. Though he can play both the tackle and the guard position, the Chargers seem likely to keep him on the interior.

With those three acquisitions, the Chargers offensive line got more consistent for Herbert. L.A. now has a dependable and consistent presence to anchor its offensive line. Linsley made Aaron Rodgers very happy for a long time in Green Bay, and he’ll do the same for Herbert. They also drafted a future stud at left tackle in Rashawn Slater.

Justin Herbert’s Leadership Shines

The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback recently sat down with ESPN to discuss a slew of topics – hoping to avoid himself as one – but while speaking with NFL analyst Mina Kimes, teammate Gabe Nabers shed some light on the former No. 6 overall pick from when the pair lived together before their first season. 

“The first time we went shopping, I was like, ‘Eh, I’ll leave it right here,'” Nabers recalled, referring to a shopping cart. “And he said: ‘No. Take it all the way back.'”

According to Fox News

Now that Justin Herbert has his first year under his belt, he will look to be a leader for the Chargers on and off the field.

Affirmation From A Legend

Tony Romo is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Though, he never won a super bowl. In his career, he racked up 34,000 yards and 253 Total Touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys in an era with other great quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Tom Brady.

“So, it’s kind of like give or take here,” he mentioned. “Which one is it going to be early on? I will tell you this kid [Justin Herbert] is a monster, he’s going to be awesome, and he’s gonna be fun to watch.”

High praise from someone who knows a thing or two about making a jump in year two at the quarterback position. Romo went from 19 to 36 total touchdowns in his second year as the Cowboys’ full-time starter.

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Justin Herbert certainly has the potential to be an MVP in this league for numerous years. It all starts with a progression this season. Las Vegas certainly believes in Justin Herbert as well.  At +1000, Herbert even has better odds than last season’s MVP, Aaron Rodgers (+1100).

Do you think will take a step forward or will he regress?

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