LA Chargers: Justin Herbert wins AFC Rookie of the Month

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After a great month of October, Justin Herbert of the LA Chargers has been named the Rookie of the Month.

Even though it wasn’t on the best of circumstances, Justin Herbert becoming the starting quarterback for the LA Chargers earlier in the season than expected has been a good thing for the franchise.

Due to the strange and short offseason, Tyrod Taylor was expected to be the quarterback for a good chunk of the season. Since he was on the team last year and was familiar with the offense, starting Taylor at the beginning of the season gave the Chargers the best chance to win games on paper.

After winning his Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Taylor suffered an injury because of a pain injection given to him by a team doctor. This started the Herbert era in Los Angeles much earlier than expected, and it has worked out.

While Herbert might only have one win as a starting quarterback, the Chargers have right there with some of the best teams in the league. Since becoming a starter, Herbert has been really good for the Chargers and has put up some impressive stats.

This season, Herbert has totaled 1,542 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, and just three interceptions. On the ground, Herbert has also ran for 121 yards with two touchdowns.

To receive the award for the October Rookie of the Month, Herbert put up some impressive stats. In the month of October, Herbert threw just one interception, and was able to throw 10 touchdown passes.

With the strong performance from Herbert, it is no surprise that the Chargers have decided to stick with him as the starting quarterback. While Taylor does have the experience edge, Herbert is the future of the franchise, and that future is looking good now.