Los Angeles Chargers: Could Justin Herbert Win the MVP as a Rookie?
Every football fan is champing at the bit to watch some NFL this year. With so many storylines, one that stands out is Justin Herbert, the rookie quarterback, of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Herbert was taken with the Bolts’ No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft out of the University of Oregon.
It’s no surprise he received a ton of buzz leading up the draft. However, he will most likely start behind veteran Tyrod Taylor when Week 1 rolls around the corner.
I understand Herbert hasn’t even played a single down in the NFL yet, but he could be in line for the league MVP award once he does start playing.
If he can play early in the season, there are a few reasons why the former Oregon Duck might have a chance to win the coveted piece of hardware.
Pro Bowlers Around Him
These players are Pro Bowl-caliber guys and can help Herbert throughout his rookie campaign.
The Chargers also upgraded their offensive line.
Herbert could win the MVP for the Chargers due to the supporting cast around him, but the Chargers believe he could be the future at QB.
This season the Chargers will face Cincinnati, Kansas City (twice, division foe), Carolina, Tampa Bay, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta, and Jacksonville.
None of those teams have great lockdown defenses.
I would expect Justin Herbert to play exceptionally well against there defenses.
If other rookies of recent years can make plays and win some games than Herbert should be able to as well.
I love the arm he possesses and he put up big numbers during his time at Oregon.
With no preseason games we won’t get to watch Herbert, but if Taylor doesn’t do well in camp than maybe Bolts head coach Anthony Lynn will allow him to start Week 1.
Tests on the Road
Imagine the best case scenario for Herbert’s candidacy for the MVP in 2020.
He wins about 10 games for the LA Chargers, wins the division, outplays the Chiefs defense and outduels Patrick Mahomes.
Of course, then it would be a bonus if he could get road wins in Denver, Las Vegas, and Buffalo, which won’t be easy.
Then there’s the fact the Bolts are entering their first season at SoFi Stadium. If Herbert plays well and captures enough attention then maybe the seats will fill up (barring rules about the coronavirus).
I truly believe if Herbert gets the opportunity and plays well there’s a great chance he’ll be a candidate for the MVP trophy this season.
It will be tough, but enough buzz could percolate around Justin Herbert and the Chargers, especially if USC football is delayed, the Los Angeles Dodgers/Angels don’t have much success this year, and if fans can only attend Charger games.
After all, fans cannot go to MLB, NHL or NBA games this year.
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