That’s a wrap for the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback competition.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn named Tyrod Taylor the team’s starting quarterback on Wednesday after the veteran quarterback competed with sixth-overall pick Justin Herbert for the gig.
This means the former Oregon football star will serve as backup to Taylor when the Chargers open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.
The news shouldn’t come as a surprise to many, although Herbert, who had been working against the second-team defense during practice, was recently challenged with first-team reps instead.
“Last couple days, he’s struggled a little bit. It’s good to see him struggle a little bit the last couple days because I felt like we weren’t challenging him enough,” Lynn noted of Herbert’s performance in August. “I think this is going to help him take the next step. It’s good for him to be uncomfortable."
While the sixth-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft won’t be under center for the Chargers, at least to start the season, Herbert is undeniably Los Angeles’ quarterback of the future.
Herbert will have an opportunity to be groomed into the Chargers franchise quarterback under 31-year-old Taylor, who logged eight games in Los Angeles in 2019, completing four of his six passes for 33 yards and one touchdown. He also added 10 rushes for seven yards.
It will also give 22-year-old Herbert time to get up to NFL speed, considering this year’s offseason was unusual, featuring Zoom meetings and non-traditional workouts.
So, Taylor will start out front and Herbert will have time to grow at his own pace. Don’t take it as a loss, Ducks fans, Los Angeles has put its faith in the 6-foot-6, 237-pound pocket passer and Herbert is the long-term answer for the position.