Simply put, Justin Herbert is balling out.
The former Oregon star and Chargers first-round pick joined Cam Newton as the only quarterbacks since 1970 to have 900+ pass yards in their first three games.
Herbert put on quite a show against the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady as the Bolts met the Bucs on Sunday. The rook hit on 18-of-22 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns, but he's still looking for his first win as a pro after sustaining a 38-31 loss in Tampa.
Here’s a look at Herbert’s three touchdowns, including the 72-yard touchdown bomb.
Herbert is leaving no doubt that he deserves to be the team’s permanent starting quarterback, and the world is finally grasping just how talented Herbert really is.
Head coach Anthony Lynn recently said 22-year-old Herbert was the Chargers “backup quarterback for a reason.” With three starts under his belt, has Herbert finally won Lynn over and become the Chargers permanent starter?
"I can’t answer that right now,” Lynn said. “My mind is still on this game.”
Lynn may be on the fence still, but Bucs coach Bruce Arians recognizes what’s in front of him: The future.
“For a rookie to make plays like that, you know they’re special,” Arians said.
Listen, it’s time to install Herbert as the permanent starter for good.