The Chargers have found their franchise quarterback, there’s no doubt about that.
Justin Herbert was turning heads even before he was the first rookie to throw four touchdowns on Monday Night Football.
Yep, Herbert has been proving naysayers wrong with how well he has played after taking over for Tyrod Taylor, who lost the starting job after a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung.
Herbert not only made history Monday, but he did so by battling New Orleans Saints powerhouse duo Sean Payton and Drew Brees.
Despite not yet recording his first victory after the Saints found a way to claw back into the game and force overtime, there’s a consensus among the NFL world:
Herbert is the future.
And Drew Brees knows it.
Payton also had plenty to say about Herbert after his Saints improved to 3-2.
"He's a good young talent," Payton said. "You don't feel like you're playing against a young player. He's someone that gets the ball out of his hands. I think he's got a promising future, and he's impressive to watch."
The former Oregon Duck QB was sacked three times and hit 12 times on the night, as the Chargers struggled to keep the pressure off, but Herbert hardly looked like a rookie in the first half after stringing together three touchdown passes to help his team take a 20-3 lead.
On the night, he had four touchdowns along with 264 passing yards and a 122.7 passer rating.
Social media was abuzz following the conclusion of MNF with some NFL analysts and fans even apologizing for not recognizing Herbert’s potential at the next level.
I owe Justin Herbert an apology,
I wildly underrated his potential as a pro. I knew he had the physical tools, but to see him put it together so quickly is awesome. He even looks more comfortable running the Chargers offense than he did the Oregon offense.
— Zach Soskin (@ZSoskin) October 13, 2020
Boy are there going to be some NFL scouts who look stuck on stupid for ripping Justin Herbert
— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) October 13, 2020
Herbert looking better in NFL than he did at Oregon is not something I saw coming this quickly. Good for him.
— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) October 13, 2020
Now it’s not just Eugene that knows just how special Justin Herbert truly is.
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