Chargers to “Probably” Start Veteran QB Tyrod Taylor in Week 1

Tyrod Taylor with Browns in 2018. Photo by Jp Waldron/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Despite spending No.6 pick in 2020 NFL Draft on quarterback Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers won’t hand over the reins of the franchise to the Oregon product just yet. Instead, the team will rely on veteran signal-caller Tyrod Taylor.

This was confirmed by Chargers’ head coach Anthony Lynn, who told reporters on Thursday that Taylor will “probably be our Day 1 starter.”

The decision to go with Taylor isn’t surprising, considering that due to coronavirus pandemic Herbert didn’t go through usual offseason workouts that would help him get to know the system he will play in. Taylor, on the other hand, is well familiar with Lynn’s schemes as he spent one year with the franchise while the pair also worked together with Buffalo Bills.

Tyrod Taylor played his best football with the Bills, starting 42 games with the franchise between 2015 and 2017. During that period, he threw for 8,857 yards and 51 touchdowns, while making one Pro Bowl appearance. Taylor also had stints with Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

Even if he doesn’t get to play this season, Justin Herbert is undoubtedly the Chargers’ quarterback of the future and is expected to replace Philip Rivers as the face of the franchise. Herbert comes to NFL after playing four years with Oregon Ducks, during which he threw for 10,541 yards and 95 TDs alongside 22 interceptions.