Justin Herbert started his lucrative new job this week.
The former Oregon quarterback signed a four-year, $26.6 million rookie deal with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
"Ready to go to work," Herbert said in a video posted by the Chargers after finalizing his contract. "Bolt up."
Herbert, a four-year starter for the Ducks after starring in three sports at Sheldon High, practiced for the first time with the Chargers’ other rookies Monday.
After leading Oregon to a 12-2 record, a Pac-12 championship and a Rose Bowl victory as a senior, Herbert was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. He will compete with veteran Tyrod Taylor for the starting job.
herbo on the run pic.twitter.com/6PnFcJpb8T— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 27, 2020
A total of 32 Ducks are on NFL rosters as training camps begin around the league this week.
Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, is looking for a fresh start with the Las Vegas Raiders after getting benched in Tennessee last season.
There is a possibility two Oregon quarterbacks will be AFC West starting quarterbacks in the years to come. Mariota will challenge Derek Carr for the starting spot entering the Raiders’ first season in Las Vegas.
Four members of the offensive line that blocked for Herbert last season are currently in the NFL. Shane Lemieux (New York Giants) and Jake Hanson (Green Bay Packers) were drafted, and Calvin Throckmorton (New Orleans Saints) and Brady Aiello (Minnesota Vikings) signed as undrafted free agents.
To new beginnings pic.twitter.com/3qXZfRZH2g— Shane Lemieux (@ShaneLemieux) July 28, 2020
Tyrell Crosby, Herbert’s left tackle in 2016-17, is entering his third season with the Detroit Lions. Penei Sewell, Herbert’s left tackle in 2018-19, is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
The Vikings selected linebacker Troy Dye, Oregon’s leading tackler the last four seasons, in the fourth round. Minnesota enters camp with five Ducks on its roster with wide receivers Bralon Addison and Dillon Mitchell and running back Tony Brooks-James fighting for spots.
The New Orleans Saints have four former Oregon players — veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso and rookies Throckmorton, Gus Cumberlander and Juwan Johnson.
Four Ducks tight ends are currently in the NFL. Evan Baylis (Green Bay Packers), Pharaoh Brown (Cleveland Browns) and Johnny Mundt (Los Angeles Rams) were all on the 2014 Oregon team that made it to the College Football Playoff championship game.
Jacob Breeland, who suffered a serious knee injury last season after a fast start to his senior season, has been placed on the active non-football injury list by Baltimore. The Ravens announced the rookie tight end will not play in 2020 but will begin practicing with the team once fully recovered.
The two standout defensive linemen from the Mariota era, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, have been separated after playing together the last four seasons in San Francisco, culminating with a Super Bowl appearance in February.
Armstead is still on the 49ers but the team traded Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round pick.
Two Ducks, New England Patriots veteran safety Patrick Chung and Baltimore Ravens return specialist De’Anthony Thomas, are among the handful of NFL players who have opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns over COVID-19.
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