Justin Herbert is 0-2 in his first two games as starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers.
But the Chargers record (1-2) doesn’t tell a full story about how impressive the former Oregon standout has been since he was thrusted into the NFL spotlight when he made his debut in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In his second NFL game under center, the 22-year-old put on another promising show. This time, against the Carolina Panthers. He finished 35 of 49 for 330 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a QBR of 88.0. Herbert also rushed three times for 15 yards.
Per CBS Sports, Herbert joined an elite group of quarterbacks including Kyler Murray and Cam Newton to become just the third QB in NFL history to throw 300+ yards in their first two games.
Despite a valiant effort in the second half, Herbert was unable to lead the Chargers to a come-from-behind victory after LA found itself on the 1-yard line with 1:46 left on the clock, and down five.
Nonetheless, Chargers fans were singing his praises. They know Herbert is the QB of the future.
Herbert’s main target on Sunday was Keenan Allen, who caught 13 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown from the Chargers No. 6 overall pick. Austin Eckler also hauled in 11 passes for 84 yards.
While Herbert impressed overall in defeat, the rookie still awaits his first victory as a pro. If he keeps playing at the level he’s at, Chargers fans can expect a celebration in the near future.