Rookie Justin Herbert will be the Los Angeles Chargers’ starting quarterback going forward, coach Anthony Lynn announced Thursday.
Lynn confirmed that Herbert will get the nod for the Chargers (1-3) in Monday’s road game against the New Orleans Saints (2-2) even if veteran Tyrod Taylor is healthy and active.
Taylor, 31, started Los Angeles’ 16-13 win over Cincinnati in the season opener and was poised to do the same against Kansas City in Week 2, but he sustained a punctured lung from a painkilling injection administered by a team doctor.
Herbert, who was the sixth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, came on and completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with a touchdown against the Chiefs. The 22-year-old Herbert threw for a season-high 330 yards the following week against Carolina and tossed three touchdown passes in a 38-31 setback at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
A four-year starter at Oregon, Herbert threw for 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns against just 23 interceptions, including 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six picks as a senior in 2019.