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Here's Why Brandon Staley is Predicting Breakout Year for Justin Herbert

Adam Taylor McKillop
Brandon Staley is predicting a breakout year for Justin Herbert in 2021.
Brandon Staley is predicting a breakout year for Justin Herbert in 2021. / Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL season wasn't exactly what the Los Angeles Chargers were hoping for. Los Angeles missed the playoffs with a 7-9 record. However, Justin Herbert provided a major bright spot for the franchise moving forward. Herbert took home the 2020 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award after throwing 4,000-plus yards and 31 touchdowns.

New Chargers head coach Brandon Staley expects to see Herbert take a bigger jump this year and potentially have a breakout year.

Last season, Herbert shined despite terrible offensive line play from the Chargers. Los Angeles ranked with one of the worst O-lines in the NFL last season, ranking 28th in pass-blocking efficiency according to ProFootballFocus. After allowing 201 quarterback pressures a year ago, the Chargers got to work this offseason adding key pieces to their Herbert protection.

That included drafting standout tackle Rashawn Slater with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Los Angeles also added a few big-name free agents including Corey Linsley, Oday Aboushi and Matt Feiler.

Right now, the Chargers sit behind only the Kansas City Chiefs with the second-best odds to win the AFC West, according to the latest NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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