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Author: Jon Kuzma
We’ve already seen enough from Justin Herbert to know he’ll be special. Anthony Lynn seemed committed to keeping Herbert on the bench. But the rookie quarterback from Oregon wouldn’t be denied. He immediately seized the Chargers starting quarterback job by beating out Tyrod Taylor. So that was the first indication that Herbert was a different caliber of player. Then he backed it up again by putting up huge numbers in almost all of his starts (averaging 298 passing yards per game). At this point it’s starting feel like Herbert is separating himself from Tua Tagovailoa who was the taken above Herbert in the 2020 Draft. The Miami Dolphins seem comfortable starting Ryan Fitzpatrick and keeping a clipboard in Tagovailoa’s hands. But Herbert was too good to be in that same situation. The truth is Herbert was ready to carry an NFL team right away. Usually that’s a sign of greatness. So we have to acknowledge Herbert has been the best rookie quarterback so far. Tua Tagovailoa is just trying to keep up.
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