Tagovailoa isn’t the only first round quarterback selection who’s slated to enter the year as his team’s backup. Herbert went one spot later than Tua at No. 6, and he’s going to start the year on the bench behind Tyrod Taylor for the Chargers.
Unlike Tagovailoa, Herbert enters the NFL without any real concerns about his health. He didn’t struggle with any serious injuries during his Oregon career.
Instead, the concerns with Herbert are all about his ability to make a quick transition to life in the NFL. The inaccuracy he showed during his collegiate career concerned a lot of scouts heading into the draft. The Chargers obviously believe they can fix those issues, but it’s likely going to take some significant time on the practice field to get him ready for meaningful snaps.
That doesn’t mean Taylor is going to keep his job for the entire 2020 season. The Chargers are going to fall out of playoff contention pretty quickly. As soon as they do, it’ll be time for them to get Herbert ready to start the 2021 season as the team’s franchise quarterback. Hebert is another rookie backup who should flirt with double-digit starts this season.