In the build-up to the 2020 NFL season, all eyes were on 2020 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. He was the expected number one pick by the Cincinnati Bengals at last year’s online draft event. Few expected University of Oregon star, Justin Herbert, to be the standout rookie instead.
The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback has defied expectations, at least on a personal level, over the course of the last four months. Head coach Anthony Lynn had made it clear that Herbert was to serve as a backup to Tyrod Taylor this season. But the youngster was given a trial by fire in week 2 itself against reigning champions, Kansas City Chiefs.
But at the end of the regular season, Herbert remains a first-choice quarterback in LA.
Don’t get us wrong, the Chargers have been dismal over the course of the ongoing season. But one of the shining lights to emerge from their dugout is the emergence of Justin Herbert. The starry-eyed rookie helped his team end the season on a positive note with a win over the Chiefs on Sunday. Albeit the Chiefs were without their superstar QB Patrick Mahomes, Herbert still showed why he deserves to win this year’s Rookie of the Year honours ahead of Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow.
Justin went 22 of 31, throwing for 302 yards with 3 passing touchdowns to seal a 21-38 win at the Arrowhead Stadium. Justin has thrown for over 4,300+ yards with 31 passing TDs this season. He has also rushed for 225 yards and scored five rushing TDs. In doing so, he has set the new NFL record for rookie touchdowns in a single season.
In addition to that, Herbert also overtook former Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ record for most franchise touchdowns in a single season. Herbert, who turns 23 in March, is undoubtedly one for the future. It remains to be seen if HC Anthony Lynn can help the promising youngster achieve his full potential in the coming years.