Los Angeles Chargers: 5 burning questions on offense

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2. When will the Justin Herbert era begin?

For many, the Justin Herbert era is here, however, it doesn’t’ officially start until Herbert’s first start with the Chargers. Unless he blows the competition away in training camp, Herbert likely won’t be starting in week one unless Tyrod Taylor gets injured.

That means he probably won’t start in week two, three or four either. Looking at the Chargers early schedule, they’d be wise to keep Herbert on the bench because the Chargers have road games against the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two teams expected to make the playoffs in 2020.

The best time for the coaching staff to name Herbert the starter would be in week six, when the Chargers host the New York Jets at home. This would give the coaching staff a slate of exactly four games against the Jets, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Las Vegas Raiders to see what they’ve got in Herbert.

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Unless the Chargers plan to keep Herbert on the bench for all of 2020, which doesn’t seem likely, he’ll be starting at some point in 2020 merely because the coaching staff and front office that drafted him needs to see what they’ve got in their future franchise quarterback.