The Los Angeles Chargers' Rookie Quarterback, Justin Herbert has to be a top 3 consideration for NFL Rookie of the Year. The former Oregon Ducks quarterback has the NFL numbers to support this claim after he took over in Week two for an injured NFL journeyman, Tyrod Taylor.
Among the contenders for Rookie of the Year are Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow and Vikings wide receiver, Justin Jefferson. Since Burrows tore his ACL in week 11, Herbert has become a clear favorite to win the award.
The number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft started since day one for the Bengals. Joe Burrow, much like Herbert stepped into the role and proved they are franchise quarterbacks. Burrow tore his ACL in week 11 ending his rookie season early. Through 11 games, Burrow passed for 2,688 yards and threw 13 touchdowns, with only five interceptions (Brady has 11 through 12 weeks).
Justin Jefferson, the Vikings (5-6) star rookie receiver has played in 11 games this season, starting in nine of them. Through 11 games, Jefferson has hauled in 52 receptions for 918-yards and six touchdowns. Some journalists believe Jefferson is a clear winner with his stats, but then we look at Herbert's numbers and the case is closed.
After taking over for the veteran Tyrod Taylor in week two, Herbert found his footing immediately. The rookie's debut came against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes. Herbert didn't appear overwhelmed and impressed the media with his 300-plus yard game and one touchdown. His composure and ability to make decisions in the pocket showed he provides the Chargers the best opportunity to win.
Herbert currently has the eighth most passing yards in the NFL, with 3,015 yards. He sits ahead of Russell Wilson, Phillip Rivers, Joe Burrow, Kyler Murry, Ben Roethlisberger, Daniel Jones, Carson Wentz, Drew Brees, and Baker Mayfield. The Rookie QB has thrown 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions through 10 games. He also holds a QB rating of 100.9 (11th among starting QB's) as he averages 301.5 yards per game.
The Chargers have fallen short in seven of their games by one possession. This week 12 loss to Buffalo is their first two possession loss of the season. The Chargers are 2-8 behind the rookie QB, but the future looks bright for the LA Chargers as they have found themselves a franchise quarterback. Unfortunately, they play Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs twice a season.
If you have Justin Herbert Cards, he's a young player you would want to buy more of and hold on to. An NFL Rookie of the Year award will increase the value of the former Oregon Ducks quarterback. Herbert's future is bright. Get the card graded via PSA after purchasing them and a solid grade will sky rocket the value.