Los Angeles Chargers: Tyrod Taylor still expected to start Week 1

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The Los Angeles Chargers have a bit of a quarterback battle going on, but will Justin Herbert be the starter in Week 1?

With training camp underway for the Los Angeles Chargers, one of the main storylines is the quarterback situation for the franchise.

This offseason, the Chargers made the decision to move on from Philip Rivers after a great career with the team. With Tyrod Taylor as the backup from last season, the Chargers looked like they felt comfortable going with him as the starter in 2020.

However, with an eye to the future, the Chargers also took Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick. While Herbert was a high pick, he wasn’t given the job right off the bat like Joe Burrow was in Cincinnati.

Since the Chargers had Taylor with the team last year, he certainly has a head start on Herbert. With limitations because of the coronavirus as well, Herbert is going to have a hard time getting the job from Taylor to start the season.

NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently spoke on the quarterback situation on Inside Training Camp Live. Here’s what he had to say with text via 247 Sports.

"“I just know there’s so much confidence in Tyrod Taylor it’s almost two separate things,” Jeremiah said. “Because they believe in Tyrod Taylor doesn’t mean they don’t believe in Justin Herbert. I just don’t anticipate seeing Justin Herbert early in the season. To be honest I’ll be surprised if we see him in the first half of the season.I think Tyrod Taylor is going to be given every opportunity with this roster. The team feels like with the defense they have if they can protect the football offensively, which has been a calling card with Tyrod throughout his career, that they’re going to be right in the thick of it. If they’re in the thick of the race, I don’t think they’ll make a switch at the quarterback position. For me, Justin Herbert, we’re going to see him a bit later rather than early.”"

Seeing Taylor as the heavy favorite to be the starting quarterback should come as no surprise.

While Taylor hasn’t been great as a starting quarterback in the NFL, he will be surrounded by some very talented weapons and will have a strong defense on the other side of the football.

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If Taylor is able to manage the game and make some plays when needed, the Chargers might be able to be a sneaky good team this season. However, for Herbert, he must be learning and preparing, as his time will likely be coming at some point this season unless the Chargers are in the playoff hunt.