Herbert joins a Chargers team that had a need for a QB. Longtime starter Philip Rivers left this offseason and is now with the Indianapolis Colts. Herbert will now battle Tyrod Taylor to become the Chargers’ starter.
“I’m going to do my best to be the best quarterback I can be,” Herbert told ESPN. “I’m going to get on it as soon as I can, get the offense down, and continue to work hard. Whether it’s in Los Angeles or Eugene I’m going to continue to work hard and do my best.”
The big-armed Herbert had been an option for the Dolphins’ No. 5 pick, but Miami opted to go with Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
Herbert is valued for his prototypical size (6-foot-6¼, 236 pounds), plus his speed (4.68 in the 40-yard dash) and arm strength.
Herbert probably would have been a first-round pick last year, but he opted to remain at Oregon for his senior season.
He saw his production jump across the board, with his completion percentage going from 59% to 67% (the sixth-highest increase in FBS in 2019), his yards per attempt going from 7.8 to 8.1, and his touchdown passes getting a bump (29 to 32) while his interceptions went down (8 to 6).
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