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Grading Justin Herbert’s First Two Career Starts

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Justin Herbert has entered his name in history after his first two starts in the NFL in weeks 2 and 3.
Only 3 players have ever had 300+yards in their first two games: Justin Herbert, Kyler Murray, and Cam Newton.

Week 2 vs Kansas City Chiefs

Herbert’s week 2 start may be the most impressive, considering it was on seconds notice before kickoff and it came against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. Herbert finished that game with 311 yards passing and one passing touchdown and added 19 rushing yards with a rushing touchdown.

Although the Chiefs won this game late in overtime, this was clearly the bright spot of the game for the Bolts.

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Week 3 vs Carolina Panthers

In his second start against Carolina, he once again surpassed 300 passing yards. Herbert threw one interception in each game so far that were questionable decisions, but that comes with being a rookie and the young quarterback is aware of that.

Herbert finished this game with 330 yards passing and a beautiful touchdown pass to Keenan Allen late in the fourth, giving the Chargers a fighting chance towards the end. The Chargers took over from their own 1-yard line with less than 2 minutes and no timeouts needing a touchdown to win.

Herbert drove them all the way down to within the 25 and gave them yet another chance at the end to win. A huge false start pushed them back further leading to a failed, yet almost converted hook and ladder attempt. 

Considering Herbert hadn’t taken any reps with the starters before week 3, and Lynn insisting they weren’t sure he was ready to come in as their permanent starter yet, you have to give the rookie some credit.

I give Justin Herbert an A- for his first two games.

Had those games been victories, it would be an A. Herbert has made some excellent decisions, and great throws thus far.

The only thing separating him from an A+ type of grade are the few rookie mistakes he has made, and the results of the past two games.
Justin Herbert has told us he will get better at cleaning up the rookie mistakes, and it enjoying the process so far this year.

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