Could 28 (UPI) — New Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton mentioned rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will not play till he’s “acclimated to the speed of the NFL sport.”
The Chargers chosen Herbert with the No. 6 total decide within the 2020 NFL Draft. They plan to begin the season with veteran Tyrod Taylor at quarterback.
Herbert was the third quarterback drafted April 23, behind LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Rookies typically have bother with the transition from the faculty sport to the NFL, as skilled gamers are stronger and quicker.
“The mixture of dimension, athletic capability and arm expertise [is intriguing], however extra importantly, [Herbert] has a ton of expertise taking part in in video games,” Hamilton advised reporters Wednesday. “It actually helped him staying an additional yr at Oregon.
“He had over 1,200 go makes an attempt in faculty and you’ll’t educate expertise. When it is time for him to play as soon as he is acclimated to the speed of the NFL sport and has a very good understanding of what NFL defenses try to do, I feel the sky is the restrict.”
Utah State’s Jordan Love the fourth and last quarterback picked within the first spherical of the draft. Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts went to the Philadelphia Eagles within the second spherical. Eight quarterbacks have been chosen within the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Chargers’ quarterbacks room obtained a serious face-lift this low season after longtime starter Philip Rivers left the crew in free company. The transfer left Taylor and 2019 NFL draft decide Easton Stick as the one quarterbacks on the crew’s depth chart earlier than they drafted Herbert.
Taylor, 30, confronted an identical scenario with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The nine-year veteran began the primary three video games that season earlier than he was changed with 2018 No. 1 total decide Baker Mayfield.
The 2015 Professional Bowl choice accomplished four of 6 passes for 33 yards and a landing in six appearances final season for the Chargers.
“It is going to be crucial that Tyrod’s understanding and familiarity with coach [Anthony] Lynn and our system, that that carries over to the remainder of the fellows within the huddle,” Hamilton mentioned.
“His poise impresses me. I have been watching him from afar for fairly a while, and I’ve at all times been impressed along with his capability to exit and make performs and extra importantly, assist his crew win video games.”
Eleven quarterbacks have been chosen within the 2019 NFL Draft. Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray — the No. 1 decide — was the one rookie quarterback to begin all 16 video games final season.
He additionally was the one rookie to begin Week 1 in 2019. Sixth-round decide Gardner Minshew was the second rookie quarterback to begin a sport in 2019, when he changed Nick Foles in Week 2 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Minshew began 12 video games final season, tied for third amongst rookie quarterbacks. New York Giants rookie Daniel Jones — the No. 6 decide in 2019 — additionally made 12 begins in 2019.
5 of the 11 quarterbacks drafted began at the very least 5 video games in 2019. 9 quarterbacks from the 2019 class appeared in regular-season video games.