NFL Analyst Says Justin Herbert Can Be MVP Next Season

Published 05/23/2021, 10:59 AM EDT
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) looks on prior to a game against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Justin Herbert had an incredible rookie season last year. He was a solid quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers despite being a rookie. He was a spectacular performer for the Chargers and stepped up in the big moments for them.

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Despite them missing the Playoffs, there was a noticeable change in the team. For his efforts, Herbert was awarded the Rookie of the Year accolade. But one analyst thinks he will take a massive leap this season.

NFL analyst Mike Greenberg spoke on ESPN about Justin Herbert. He pointed out that Patrick Mahomes was able to win the league MVP title within his second season. Furthermore, Lamar Jackson was able to do the same in his second season as well.

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This is why he believes that Justin Herbert could be a solid contender for the MVP title next season. He pointed out that the LA Chargers only missed the Playoffs by a few close games.

Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) celebrates with head coach Anthony Lynn after throwing a touchdown pass against the New York Jets in the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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“A few years ago, Patrick Mahomes, second-year quarterback was the MVP. Then, Lamar Jackson, second-year quarterback was MVP.

“I’m looking at Justin Herbert, I’m talking about all the things that we were having this conversation a little while ago. That’s a team that lost nine games by 1 score or seven games last year (by) 1 score.” 

Justin Herbert- MVP next season?

Greenberg added that the Chargers have put him in a strong position for next season. The Chargers replaced members in the coaching staff and added some solid offensive players for Herbert to provide for.

If things go right, and Herbert continues to perform at the level that he did last season, then there is no reason that he can’t be a strong contender for the MVP title next season.

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“The point is, they were like just a half a dozen plays from being a playoff team a year ago. New coaching staff turned that around, couple more pieces completely remade the offensive line, including the first-round pick – a tackle, they bring in two new guards and a center. I think Justin Herbert has a really good chance to be the MVP of the NFL this year.”

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Can Justin Herbert become the MVP next season? He has a strong chance if he is able to replicate some of his best performances from last season, then he will have a solid chance at achieving that feat. But he will need to help lead the Chargers to the Playoffs.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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