Justin Herbert will be Chargers’ starting QB for rest of the season, per coach
Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert was pressed into starting duty in Week 2 when Tyrod Taylor suffered a punctured lung prior to game time.
It seems Herbert has done enough in the past three weeks to convince Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn he can lead the team going forward.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Lynn has officially named Herbert the starter for the remainder of the season. Schefter also relayed Lynn is supportive of Taylor, but believes Herbert is the man for the job.
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The Chargers are 0-3 in Herbert starts, but the former Oregon product has looked impressive all the same.
Herbert has completed over 72 percent of his pass attempts for 931 yards and five touchdowns against three interceptions. He is also averaging 8.7 yards gained per pass attempt, and currently ranks a respectable 13th in ESPN’s total QBR.
Los Angeles selected Herbert with the sixth overall pick this past April, though it seemed likely he would spend a year on the bench behind Taylor, given Taylor and Lynn had history from their time with the Buffalo Bills.
But the strange nature of Taylor’s injury led to Herbert getting his opportunity for the Chargers in Week 2 against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. Herbert took full advantage, throwing for over 300 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another score.
Herbert’s stock has only risen since his debut. He is coming off his best performance of the season in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, during which he completed 20 of 25 passes for three touchdowns.
The 22-year-old will have to clean up the turnovers. Herbert has fumbled twice (one lost) in addition to the interceptions. Still, Lynn and the Chargers seem comfortable giving their young quarterback the keys to the franchise.