Bill Belichick on Justin Herbert: “He has all the tools”

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The Patriots have faced some very good young quarterbacks in recent weeks, from Lamar Jackson to Deshaun Watson to Kyler Murray and, now, to Chargers rookie Justin Herbert.

“He’s impressive — very talented player, tall, sees things well, has a good arm, can certainly make all the throws,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Tuesday. “He’s athletic, can escape the pocket, smart. They do a number of things at the line of scrimmage. You’ve seen him check plays, audible against pressure, change plays against check-with-me-type situations. So it looks like he’s going be a good quarterback for a long time, a lot to work with and I know he’s a smart, hard-working kid that likes football and I’m sure he will continue to get better, as he has this year throughout the course of the season. He’s improved from the early games that I’ve watched, and like I said, has a lot of good skill players to work with – good tight end, good backs, good receivers. So, yeah, he’s a good player.”

Belichick acknowledged that the Patriots evaluated Herbert prior to the draft.

“I think he’s got, like I said, all the tools,” Belichick said. “I think you saw that at Oregon. Even in the bowl game, he did about all he could do and did it well.”

Herbert has done it all very well this year, even though the wins haven’t followed. Chances are Herbert will do it well again this weekend, and the win likely won’t follow.

5 responses to “Bill Belichick on Justin Herbert: “He has all the tools”

  1. He didn’t do so well against the Fins and Bills defenses I don’t think he’ll do much to the Pats. He has arm strength and accuracy, but he will throw into double coverage too often.

  2. Those still bad mouthing Herbert should note that he was thrown into starting because of an injury to Tyrod Taylor, otherwise he’d be still ridi g the bench like Stidham. Herbert still has a lot to learn, particularly now that OCs have video on him, and he has to adjust to their adjustments. It’s the ability to stay calm when things go wrong that can carry him through the learning process.

  3. Shoo-in for OROY and probably overall ROY. He’ll shred the Pats despite a middling OL.

  4. As a Dolphins fan its going to take decades to get over the fact we drafted Tua instead of Herbert. Four years from now its going to be seen (almost) as bad as taking Trubinsky over Mahomes

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