Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has stood out in the first season in the NFL and after just seven starts, the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback has taken home his sixth NFL Rookie of the Week honor for his 326 passing yard, two-touchdown performance against the Las Vegas Raiders this past weekend.
Herbert nearly led the Chargers to a comeback win, giving his receivers two opportunities to haul in a would-be game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. Although the Chargers came up short, Herbert’s play has put the franchise in a good scenario for the future.
Through just nine weeks of the season, Herbert has taken home six NFL Rookie of the Week honors, tying the record for most honors through nine weeks of the season with Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 and Garner Minshew in 2019. Should Herbert keep taking home the honors as the season goes on, Herbert could pass Roethlisberger’s all time mark of nine total Rookie of the Week awards. Aside from Roethlisberger, only Minshew, Robert Griffin III, Baker Mayfield and Alvin Kamar have more with seven each.
Over the past seven starts, Herbert has put up historic numbers, in some cases numbers that no NFL rookie has done before through seven starts. Herbert has compiled some impressive stats completing 67.29% of his passes for 2,146 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Herbert has earned praise from the fans and the league earning the NFL’s Rookie of the month award for the month of Octobe from the NFL league office.
The No. 6 overall draft pick with the Los Angeles Chargers, Herbert has been once again put on the spot, making his first NFL start against the defending Super Bowl Champions with less than five minutes notice. At 2-6 on the season, the Chargers are looking to turn their fortunes around and recognizing some of the situational similarities, Herbert is learning on his experiences at Oregon.
“Experience is the best teacher,” Herbert said on Wednesday as the Chargers prepare for the Miami Dolphins. “Having been through it, you know what to do and learn what not to do. That locker room at Oregon, we stuck together. It could have gone a million different ways. We battled through it and we ended up going 12-2 my senior year. Things changed in that locker room and in that program.”
The Chargers are set to take on the 5-3 Dolphins while sitting in last place of the AFC West. Herbert acknowledges that losing isn’t fun or easy to deal with but the team is committed to working on a path towards a winning record.
“Losing is always tough and I’m not saying it’s easy by any means. Every week you’re going out there and trying to win. It’s tough not winning. We’ve done our best and we’re doing our best to right this ship and I know we’ll get it done,” Herbert said.
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