In his most recent Zoom call with the media, Justin Hebert announced that he has already made the move from Eugene, Oregon, to Orange County (it took 15 hours due to traffic) and can’t wait to get started on building his relationships with his new teammates.
According to the rookie, he’s already working out with current Chargers in the area.
#Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert says he has moved into Orange County and is working out at the same place as some of his new teammates.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) May 8, 2020
To the delight of many fans, Herbert also stated will begin throwing to guys such as Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry in the coming weeks. So even without any rookie camps or other organized activities, you can all start to prepare yourselves for the content you’ve all been waiting for.
#Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert says he'll start throwing to Hunter Henry and Keenan Allen at some point over the next few weeks.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) May 8, 2020
Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later, but knowing the bond between receiver and quarterback is about to get underway is insanely exciting, and with two of his top targets at that. Henry was also mentioned as the first Chargers player to reach out to him following his selection in the first round.
Herbert also touched a bit on what his athleticism can do for the offense going forward. We are all well-aware of the potential changes being made to the offense this season and Herbert’s comments look to reflect that.
#Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert says mobility at the position "has always been essential." Points to how athleticism allows QBs to avoid pressure, create second chances on plays, and run concepts that non-mobile passers can't.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) May 8, 2020
When asked about the similarities between the Chargers offensive playbook and what he did at Oregon, Herbert stated that they’re actually pretty similar.
“There are a lot of things and there’s a lot more formations and protections. It’s much more complex than what we had (at Oregon) so I’m going to do everything I can to learn it as quickly as I can.”
My favorite part of the interview was when Hebert mentioned that the Chargers run game is “tailored more toward two running backs (with) a couple tight ends.” He also noted that they did that quite a bit during his time at Oregon.
So it’s not looking like we’re getting any sort of tangible rookie mini camps at the moment but hearing all of this is positive news, nonetheless. Hopefully we’ll soon have plenty of videos on social media showcasing Herbert distributing the ball to his future offensive weapons.