The 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year frontrunner - Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert - has some throws that force your jaw to drop to the floor; leave your stunned, make you say “holy crap, how did he fit it in there?”
All those cliches are a reality with Herbert slinging the ball around.
That’s one of the reasons why the Chargers selected the Eugene, Oregon native, four-year Oregon Ducks starting quarterback and 2020 Rose Bowl Offensive MVP winner with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
They got their quarterback for the future.
Duck fans knew what Herbert could do in the NFL. He made those types of throws that you see on Sundays from Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson throughout his four years at Oregon.
NBC Sports NFL Insider Chris Simms noticed it too, and recently listed Herbert at No. 8 in his current list of top quarterbacks in the NFL. Not bad for the rookie.
“He’s off the charts. Joe, he’s already one of the best pure throwers in the game that’s out there,” Simms told our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann. “We know the special ones right - Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, but after that, Justin Herbert is there for guys that make me go ‘holy crap what a throw, holy cow how did he get it in there, holy cow what great touch.’
Despite Los Angeles currently standing fourth in the AFC West with a 3-7 record and Herbert only having two wins as a starter, Herbert has put up some insane numbers. Through nine games as the Chargers starter, Herbert has completed 238 of 350 passes (68%) for 2,699 total yards, averaging 7.7 yards per pass and 320.7 passing yards per game. He has thrown 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
“He’s not losing those games. He can’t block for the punter. He can’t kick field goals. He can’t throw the ball and catch the ball in the endzone at the end of a game…” said Simms.
Top-10 quarterback currently in the NFL? Absolutely. The future quarterback in Los Angeles? Definitely. 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year? Probably.
What an NFL debut for Herbert. And he is only going to get better.