Ravens: 4 best quarterbacks the team will face in 2021

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2. The Ravens face Justin Herbert in 2021

For the more seasoned Baltimore veterans, Justin Herbert may look and smell like fresh meat, but he’s a second-year QB who could just as well eat the Ravens alive.

Herbert threw more touchdowns (31) than any first-year player in league history, winning the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

He’s the young usurper set to revolutionize the Chargers franchise, as the Los Angeles’ coach has already spoken about building the offense around Herbert for next season.

The 23-year-old talent’s got a few more noteworthy stats too: Herbert set the rookie record for the most games with at least 300 passing yards (8), multiple touchdown passes (10), and at least three touchdown passes (6).

In 15 starts, Herbert managed to record an unbelievable passer rating of 98.3. And he did that despite being sacked 32 times and ending the season with a losing 7-9 record. You can throw away that QB win-loss record stat right about now.

Herbert’s precocious poise, pinpoint accuracy, and tactical understanding of the game make him one of the most dangerous QB threats, especially since this will be Baltimore’s first face-off against him.

The most frightening part? Herbert may only be getting better, proving last season he could take on more responsibility in the offense, that he can throw for more than 4,000 yards a season.

In 2020, the Chargers passed the ball on 59 percent of their offensive snaps, just above the league average of 58 percent.

If the revamped Chargers offense figures out how to get maximum production value out of Herbert this season, the Ravens might need to rewrite their defensive playbook.