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Justin Herbert likely to start against the Carolina Panthers

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The No.6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft Justin Herbert was drafted to be the future of the Chargers.

He started the season as the Chargers backup to Tyrod Taylor, but a freak injury to Taylor prior to the team's Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs thrust Herbert into the starting role.

The 22-year-old Herbert went out against the defending champs and finished 22 for 31 for 311 yards and a touchdown. He also added 18 yards and a score on the ground.

After the game, head coach Anthony Lynn stated that Taylor was still the starter despite the impressive performance from Herbert. 

Duck fans and Chargers fans alike were disappointed. They wanted Herbert to get the keys to the car full-time. 

They may be getting their wish sooner than expected.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Taylor could once again miss action this Sunday, forcing Lynn to turn to Herbert one more time. 

According to reports, Taylor was dealing with a rib injury last week and an injection of a pain killer by a team doctor resulted in a punctured lung, forcing him to miss Week 2. Due to the complications from the injection, Taylor is unlikely to be 100% healthy for the team's upcoming game against the Carolina Panters and could miss up to three weeks.

Opportunity is knocking on Herbert's door.

The Chargers' next three games are against the Carolina Panthers (0-2), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1), and New Orleans Saints (1-1). It's a good mix of teams to help Herbert get the ball rolling and find his groove under center in Los Angeles. 

 

If Herbert has another stellar game this Sunday, then Coach Lynn may have to reconsider his stance on Taylor being the starter. The longer Taylor sits out, the more space Herbert can close in the quarterback competition. 

The next three weeks are crucial for the Chargers, as the schedule gets a whole lot easier come Week 6 when the team has the New York Jets (0-2), Miami Dolphins (0-2), Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) on the slate.

Impress now and those teams will have to start game planning to face a rookie quarterback instead of a 10-year vet.

There was never a question about Herbert being the future for the Chargers, the only unknown was when that future would start.

It appears that future could be now.

UPDATE: The Chargers have officially announced Herbert will start in Week 3 vs the Panthers.

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