All season long, Josh Edwards of CBS Sports kept a ranking of the top-15 rookies in the NFL. The names on the list have changed a ton from Week 1 to Week 17 as you’d expect, but somewhere around midseason, quarterback Justin Herbert asserted himself among the best of them and climbed to the top where he held his spot for the majority of the season.
In no surprising manner, Herbert remains atop the rankings following a regular season finale in which he threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in a 38-21 victory over the short-handed Chiefs.
“It was a fitting way to end the 2020 regular season for Justin Herbert,” says Edwards. “He had his eighth 300 yard passing game, which is an NFL rookie record. After knocking off the AFC West champion Chiefs, there is a lot of excitement for the Chargers entering the offseason. It should be intriguing for potential head coaching candidates.”
Honestly, the only thing left for Herbert to win is the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year honor in which he’ll be battling it out with the Vikings’ Justin Jefferson. Unfortunately, the compeition may be closer than we’d all like, sort’ve like when Derwin James narrowly lost the defensive honor in 2018 to the Colts’ Darius Leonard.
And now for today’s links.
Statement from Anthony Lynn (Chargers.com)
No Chargers made PFF’s All-Pro Team (Bolt Beat)
The Chargers signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts (Chargers.com)
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their 2021 finalists (Pro Football Talk)
The Giants are retaining GM Dave Gettleman (ESPN)
Experts predict the wild card games (ESPN)
The NFL announced the notable players from Week 17 (NFL.com)
Regular season finale power rankings (CBS Sports)
John Breech picks games from the wildcard slate (CBS Sports)