Justin Herbert set numerous NFL and franchise rookie records for a quarterback with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020.
Herbert’s historic season is far from over. The Chargers (3-7) have six games to go and Herbert is poised to set all-time-in-one-season NFL records for a rookie quarterback. He has a chance to set all-time rookie records in one season in the NFL for completions, passing yards and touchdowns.
Herbert said it was good to set records, but he would achieve record wins. The Chargers are 2-7 in games pitched by Herbert and are 3-7 overall.
“Personally, I try not to focus too much on (the records). I try to watch the wins and losses. It has by no means been easy for us, ”Herbert told reporters. “In the future, we’re just trying to win games. The records are great, but I think as long as we win games and do things the right way on the pitch, that’s what matters most to me.
Herbert will likely beat Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns’ 27th touchdown pass record by a rookie quarterback in 2018. Herbert has 22 touchdown passes and has averaged 2.44 assists per game in nine games. . It seems hard to imagine that he – barring an injury – won’t pitch at least six more scoring passes in the last six games.
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts owns the rookie record for most passing yards (4,374 in 2012). Herbert currently has 2,699 passing yards and it would take him an average of about 290 passing yards per game to break Luck’s record. Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles set the rookie record of 379 wins in 2016. Herbert currently has 238 wins and is expected to average at least 23 wins per game in the last six games to set a new record. He currently averages 26.4 completions per game.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn attributes Herbert’s success to his preparation and hard work.
“At the end of the day, if he isn’t working there, if he doesn’t take the field exercises, it doesn’t matter,” Lynn told reporters Wednesday. “His skills in this league were good, we all knew that. But the way he handled it mentally, it’s really impressive. I give him all the credit in the world for the way he handled the situation.
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