They’re doing it by having Herbert face the first-string defense, one of the best in the league.
“Last couple days, he’s struggled a little bit,” coach Anthony Lynn said Friday, via Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times. “There’s a lot going on with protections and when you start doing more third downs. There’s more volume in the offense right now. . . . I think this is going to help him take the next step. It’s good for him to be uncomfortable. As long as he’s uncomfortable and we don’t break his spirit, I think that’s an opportunity for great growth.”
With no joint practices or preseason games this year, the Chargers need to find a way to test Herbert. As Lynn noted, however, there’s a balance to strike between preparing Herbert and not overwhelming him.
“He’s out there making plays,” said Taylor, who was the starter in Cleveland two years ago until a minor injury opened the door for Baker Mayfield in Week Three. “There’s still a learning curve, a learning process like [with] every young player in this league. But he’s doing his best. He’s going out there and making plays.”
If Herbert makes too many plays, Taylor once again may have a short stay as the starter. From the organization’s perspective, the sooner Herbert is getting experience in games that count, the better he’ll be.