Justin Herbert may be 20+ years younger than Tom Brady, but he showed Sunday that he’s all about that grown man game.
The former Ducks standout uncorked a dime in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 4 matchup, and he’s proved he’s an absolute star.
On the Chargers' fifth play of their game, the 2020 sixth-overall pick dropped a 52-yard bomb downfield to Tyron Johnson and wow, the rook threw this deep ball perfectly.
Take a look:
Herbert's touchdown pass to Johnson had an air distance of 61.1 yards, the longest touchdown pass by anyone in the last two seasons, per NFL Next Gen Stats.
Per AP’s Josh Dubow, Herbert is the 42nd player with a touchdown pass that traveled 35 + yards downfield since 2018.
Fans on Twitter were amazed by Herbert’s arm and for obvious reasons.
But Herbert season hadn't come to a close just yet.
The 22-year-old started for a third-straight week as Tyrod Taylor continues to sit out with a punctured lung.
Herbert, who grew up watching Tom Brady, was excited for the opportunity to go up against one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks in Week 4.
"I was definitely a huge Tom Brady fan," Herbert said Friday. "Just growing up watching him, he’s done some exceptional things. He’s been as good as anyone who has ever done it."
If Herbert continues to put on performances like he has in his first two starts, he may very well be on his way to claiming the Chargers starting gig and carving a legacy of his own as one of the NFL’s future stars.