A changing of the guard is underway in the NFL. Or, at least, the influx of top-level quarterback talent over the last two drafts would suggest a new era is on the horizon.
Yes, 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers likely will win his second consecutive MVP award, and 44-year-old Tom Brady is still shredding defenses every Sunday. But last Sunday saw first- or second-year quarterbacks start games, and Justin Fields is set to return in Week 18 which would make that number an even 10 should Trey Lance get the nod over an injured Jimmy Garoppolo for the 49ers against the Los Angeles Rams.
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A third of the league is starting a quarterback who was drafted in the past two seasons. Some are stars. Some are raw. Others don't look the part. As we look to Week 18, the playoffs and the future, here is a grade for each young quarterback's performance this season.
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Let's start at the top.
Herbert rearranged the NFL rookie record book last season, and did so with the Chargers' coaching staff easing his NFL transition by giving him "half-reads." The Oregon product has continued his rise to stardom this season, setting the Chargers' single-season touchdown record with 35 while completing 67.3 percent of his passes and throwing for 4,631 yards.
The 23-year-old has gone from a "half-read" rookie to one of the elite processors in the game in just one season. He continues to show great rhythm and anticipation while having the athleticism to extend plays and the arm talent to make jaw-dropping throws like the one against the New York Giants.
JUSTIN HERBERT THROW OF THE YEARDecember 12, 2021
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