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#pounditSaturday, July 31, 2021

Chargers not planning to rush Justin Herbert into starting QB job

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said after the NFL Draft that Tyrod Taylor remains the team’s starting quarterback heading into training camp, and that was apparently more than just lip service.

The Chargers used the No. 6 overall pick on Justin Herbert, so it goes without saying that they believe the former Oregon star can become a franchise quarterback for them. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said this week that Herbert “needs time to grow” and the Chargers are in no rush to put him under center.

Lynn heaped praise on Taylor after the draft, though he did leave the door open for Herbert to win the starting job. Herbert has tremendous physical skills but is viewed by some as a raw prospect, so the last thing Lynn wants to do is shatter the rookie’s confidence.

We know at least one Chargers player who is excited about the potential of the team’s offense whether Taylor or Herbert is the Week 1 starter. If Taylor does enter the season as the starter, he’ll have to play well. There will be plenty of outside pressure (and possibly some inside as well) on Lynn to give Herbert a shot if Taylor struggles.


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