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Examining Similarities Between Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert

Samari Rolle sees some similarities between Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, as he previews Thursday Night Football. From their ability to extend plays and use their arm talent to hit their receivers all over the field, they are two of the NFL’s more dynamic players.

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Now You Know: Justin Herbert’s Stellar Week 1

The Los Angeles Chargers are off to a 1-0 start this season after a 24-19 win over division rival Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1. Much of the credit for that goes to quarterback Justin Herbert, who posted a 26/34, 279-yard, 3-touchdown stat line in the Chargers’ victory. The win and the strong numbers are nothing new for Herbert, who is off to one of the best starts in the history of the NFL for a quarterback after two seasons.

In this video found exclusively on The 33rd Team, former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon breaks down some of Herbert’s best throws from that Week 1 victory. Watching Herbert fighting off a Pro Bowl pass rusher to pick up a first down, connecting on a play-action throw and hitting a tight window inside the red zone. Gannon feels comfortable saying Herbert is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and “is a guy that can do it all. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s tough, he’s smart and he’s extremely accurate.”

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Herbert and the Chargers Have So Much Upside

NFL great Ronde Barber has had the Week 1 Las Vegas Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers matchup circled on his calendar for a while because he believes the Chargers have as much upside as any NFL team. Will a top-tier quarterback and a new-look defense help coach Brandon Staley and Co. avenge the loss that kept them out of last year’s playoffs?

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AFC West Gun-Slingers Top Shots to Pass 6K Barrier

Brett Favre believes this could be the year the NFL sees its first 6,000-yard passer. Unlikely, says Matt Cassel, but if it does happen expect it to be from one the four quarterbacks in the gun-slinging AFC West. In a conversation with Rich Gannon and Eric Mangini, Matt Cassel explains his thinking.

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Josh Allen Leads List of Top 5 Fantasy QBs

Here are my top five fantasy quarterbacks. Now, before everybody goes into a frenzy when you hear this list, these are not my top five NFL quarterbacks. This is fantasy, and fantasy is very different. When you’re judging fantasy, there are a lot of other elements that tie into a top fantasy quarterback.

With that said, here we go: My top five fantasy quarterbacks for 2022:

1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

The reason why Josh Allen is my No. 1 is because he’s going to throw the ball around the field, he’s mobile, and he’s going to get the ball to his receivers on short and long routes. He can scramble. In the red zone, you have to as a defense be mindful of him running the ball into the end zone. And he can run it from out of the red zone, too.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

He can run, and obviously he’s one of the best off-script quarterbacks in the NFL in getting the ball to his receivers and allow them to make big and special plays. He’s Patrick Mahomes. He’s throwing behind his back, he’s throwing left-handed. He’s Patrick Mahomes.

3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

A couple of things with Lamar: Everybody says he doesn’t have a whole lot of weapons in receivers. Yeah, but he has pass-catchers. Mark Andrews is going to be a huge beneficiary and has always been. And Rashod Bateman will be huge for Lamar as well. He can also score from anywhere on the field because of his running ability.

4. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert is a special talent. He can throw the ball from end zone to end zone — 65,70 yards in the air, on a dime. You can’t teach that, but for fantasy, I’ll take that.

5. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

The rushing element with Jalen is huge. He now has DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown. Hurts has already built a rapport with Brown, a guy he wants to see succeed. There are big things in store for not only A.J. Brown but Jalen Hurts.

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Bill Cowher Reacts to Derwin James’ Contract Extension

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Chargers agreed to a 4 year $76.4 million extension with safety Derwin James. In the video above, Bill Cowher evaluates James and the Chargers’ defense.

The Hall of Fame coach addresses the Chargers’ off-season defensive acquisitions of cornerback J.C. Jackson and linebacker Khalil Mack. He also evaluates what James brings to Los Angeles’ defense, highlighting the safety’s versatility when lined up in the box and in coverage.

“We talked about Micah Parsons and what he can do in the front seven. Derwin James is kind of like that on the back end,” said Cowher, who expects the Chargers to have a formidable defense this season, and for Justin Herbert to continue to lead the offense at a high level.

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Is Chargers QB Justin Herbert the Next Tom Brady?

In the video above, veteran coach and offensive coordinator Mike Martz explains why he thinks Justin Herbert is the kind of player that only comes around once every 50 years. Martz breaks down the tools he looks for in a great quarterback and tells us why the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback is different from just about everyone other QB in the league. Plus, find out what’s got Martz comparing Herbert to legends like Tom Brady and Kurt Warner.

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