Justin Herbert packs on pounds from 'getting after it' in weight room; Chargers QB ready to elevate play

Justin Herbert is not resting on his laurels. The 24-year-old has actually invested this offseason dealing with improving in all elements of the quarterback position. That consists of including some muscle onto his 6-foot-6 frame. Herbert informed press reporters that he has to do with 245 pounds, approximately 10 pounds more than his weight throughout the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. 

“Just lifting,” Herbert stated when inquired about his weight gain. “We’ve just been getting after it. Thankful to [Chargers head strength and conditioning coach] Jonathan Brooks, he’s been leading the charge.”

A more powerful Herbert is fantastic news for Chargers fans and not so excellent news for Los Angeles’ challengers. A Pro Bowler for the very first time last season, Herbert is coming off of a 2021 season that saw him toss for 5,014 lawns and 38 goals while finishing almost 66% of his passes. During his very first 2 NFL seasons, Herbert has actually tossed 69 goals while balancing almost 4,700 passing lawns per season. 

Along with his physical enhancements, Herbert has actually been dealing with enhancing a few of the technical elements of his video game. He’s particularly been dealing with his footwork, especially in the run video game while taking a breeze from under center. 

“I think five step, seven step drops under center is going to be huge,” Herbert stated. “I think we’re going to do our best to kind of utilize that as well, have that balance of run and pass game under center.” 

Continuity is on Herbert’s side this offseason. After dealing with a number of various offending planners in college along with with the Chargers, Herbert will invest a 2nd straight season with Joe Lombardi, who is entering into his season 2nd as the Chargers’ offending organizer. Los Angeles ranked 5th in the NFL in scoring throughout Lombardi’s very first season with the group. 

“I think the biggest thing is understanding that we’re miles ahead of where we were last year,” Herbert stated of the Chargers’ offense. “Last year, we were focusing on calling the right plays in the huddle and making sure everyone was lined up in the huddle and getting lined up on the field. Guys have tons of film to look back on last year, and we’re further ahead of where we thought we were going to be.”

Along with Lombardi, Brandon Staley is back for his 2nd season as the Chargers’ head coach. In Staley’s very first season in Los Angeles, the Chargers ended up 9-8 and were a missed out on basket far from making the playoffs in 2021. The Chargers’ roadway to the playoffs will not be any simpler in 2022, as Los Angeles belongs to an AFC West department that consists of 3 other groups that have genuine playoff goals. 

“I think we focus on ourselves,” Herbert stated when inquired about the outdoors expectations. “We’ve done a good job of kind of eliminating that extra noise. There’s going to be a lot of things said about the AFC West. We’re going to do just focus on this house and what we’re doing inside of it.”



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