After winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year honor a year ago, the expectations couldn’t have been higher for Justin Herbert heading into his sophomore season. At the same time, what goes up, usually finds a way to come back down.
With this in mind, some analysts were skeptical on Herbert which led them to predict some form of a sophomore slump in 2021. Through two games, those people might be feeling vilified after Herbert has thrown three interceptions to just two touchdowns.
However, despite the underwhelming play thus far, Herbert is still viewed as one of the top up-and-coming quarterbacks in the NFL. In CBS Sports’ recent rendition of their weekly quarterback power rankings, Herbert remains firmly in the top-10 at number six.
Author Cody Benjamin said that Herbert has “got to be a little smarter” when it comes to relying solely on his arm talent to bail out the team on the money downs, but the entire package that a franchise could want in their starting quarterback is still readily apparent.
As of now, the only quarterbacks that rank above Herbert are Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Dak Prescott.
Is this ranking correct for Herbert? Is it too high? Too low? Let us know what you think.