Sophomore Star: Reliving Chargers QB Justin Herbert’s 2021 season

By Gavino Borquez

Following the best rookie season by an NFL quarterback, many expected Justin Herbert to experience one of those infamous sophomore slumps which a handful of signal-callers have endured before.

Instead, Herbert continued to take the league by storm, shattering records weekly. The most notable was the most touchdown passes by a Charger in a single season, dethroning Philip Rivers’ previous record of 34.

Under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Shane Day, Herbert dazzled with his arm talent and athleticism and showed continuous growth, especially in terms of reading complex coverages, all while dealing with a leaky right side of the offensive line.

In the end, Herbert finished Year 2 with a 65.9 completion percentage, 5,014 passing yards, 38 touchdown passes to 15 interceptions, 302 rushing yards, and three rushing touchdowns.

Herbert ranks first among quarterbacks in their first 2 seasons in NFL history in passing touchdowns (69), passing yards (9,350), and completions (839).

Herbert has put himself among the cream of the crop quarterbacks, and the crazy thing is that the best is still yet to come.

To relive some of Herbert’s best moments from this past season, check out the video below.

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