Van Noy explains how Chargers QB Justin Herbert has improved in second season


Justin Herbert enjoyed a tremendous rookie season for the Los Angeles Chargers, establishing himself as arguably the best player (so far) from the 2020 NFL Draft class and one of the best young quarterbacks in the league.

He's taken his game to an even higher level in 2021, and the New England Patriots will get a first-hand look at Herbert's improvement when they play against his high-powered Chargers offense in Sunday afternoon's Week 8 game at SoFi Stadium.

In fact, Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy identified in a press conference Thursday a few areas where Herbert has improved from Year 1. 

Herbert is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,771 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions through six games. After a slow start to the season, he's thrown 12 touchdowns with only one interception over his last four games, a run that includes wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns.

Before a dominant Week 7 win over the New York Jets, the Patriots defense had been getting shredded through the air, giving up nearly 800 combined yards to Texans quarterback Davis Mills and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in the two previous games (both losses).

Herbert will be one of the top three quarterbacks the Patriots defense plays all season. Anything less than an "A" performance against his passing attack could easily result in a loss.