That didn't take long.
All offseason the Los Angles Chargers had been stressing that Justin Herbert was not expected to start immediately after selecting him sixth overall during the 2020 NFL Draft.
"There's no pressure on Justin to walk in on Day One," said Chargers general manager Tom Telesco during the offseason. "We're not asking him to come in here and carry the football whatsoever. Just asking him to come in, start competing, start learning and we'll take it from there."
UPDATE: Tyrod Taylor suffered a chest injury during pregame warmups according to Adam Schefter.
Tyrod Taylor has a chest injury and is questionable to play today for the Chargers. It explains why rookie QB Justin Herbert started and is playing vs. Chiefs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2020
He quickly completed his first NFL pass to running back Joshua Kelly for a long run down the right side of the field.
Last time Herbert played in Los Angeles, he had three rushing touchdowns in the Rose Bowl and started right where he left off, running the ball into the endzone for a four-yard score on his opening drive.
During the draft process, Herbert killed it at the Senior Bowl being named MVP of both practice and the game itself. Then at the NFL Combine, the 6'6", 237 pound Herbert showed off his athleticism with a 40 yard dash time of 4.68 seconds (3rd among QBs), a vertical jump of 35.5 inches (tied for 2nd among QBs), broad jump of 123 inches (3rd among QBs), 3 cone drill of 7.06 seconds (1st among QBs), and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.46 seconds (4th among QBs).