Chargers ready for QB competition between Justin Herbert and Tyrod Taylor


Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has told Tyrod Taylor he cannot promise him the starting quarterback job ahead of a competition against Justin Herbert.

Former Oregon QB Herbert was picked by the Chargers at number six overall in last week's NFL Draft.

It came after Lynn and Taylor, who previously worked closely together with the Buffalo Bills, had spoken positively about the possibility of the veteran leading the team for 2020.

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Now, Taylor will start training camp first on the depth chart, but rookie Herbert will get the chance to win the job and Lynn is happy to throw the 22-year-old straight into regular-season action if he emerges on top.

"We're going into this thing: Day one, Tyrod Taylor is going to be starting it off," Lynn told Sports Illustrated.

"He's earned that right. His teammates respect the hell out of him, he's a leader on this football team. 

"But it's a competition, bro. There's a competition at every position, not just this one. I can't just say Tyrod's gonna be the starting quarterback for the whole year if this young man goes in there and wins the job."

Herbert was the third QB taken behind the Cincinnati Bengals' top pick Joe Burrow and the Miami Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa, who went at five.

The introverted personality of Herbert was often cited as a negative during the draft process, but Lynn has no concerns on that front as the team look to find a long-term replacement for Philip Rivers.

"I watched how he played the game, and how his team-mates responded to him on the football field and I said, 'This is not a problem'," added Lynn.

"I don’t know why it would be. Is a quarterback supposed to be loud? There's a time for him to be loud, there's a time for him to not be loud.

"You don't have to be loud to be a great leader. You don't have to be outspoken to be a great leader.

"[Watching the tape], he just grew on me. He would lay it on the line for his teammates.

"Our young quarterback's gonna learn a lot from Tyrod Taylor. Tyrod Taylor's one of the most respected players on our team, and he doesn't say a whole lot either."

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