In a normal year, the Chargers would have gotten three months of offseason work with first-round draft choice Justin Herbert. This isn't a normal year. That's why head coach Anthony Lynn conceded the obvious as training camp opened: Herbert “can’t make up the physical reps” he missed due to the restricted offseason. So Tyrod Taylor will have a big advantage going into training camp. “He’ll probably be our Day 1 starter,” Lynn said on Jul. 29. This isn't a huge surprise. Lynn suggested the same in April. Lynn told Albert Breer of SI.com that Taylor remains in the No. 1 spot, but that he's not ruling out anything once the players get on the field. So Taylor almost certainly opens the season as starter. Beyond that? As ESPN's Matthew Berry noted, the Chargers have some very nice pass-catching weapons (Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler, for starters) and we all know Taylor can run.
Taylor will be a fantasy factor for as long as he has the job, but how long will that be? As Profootballtalk.com suggested, the circumstances of this offseason may work against Herbert’s chances of pushing Taylor aside at any point in the near future, but the Chargers didn’t use such a high pick on a player they think is incapable of handling the job.
2020 Bottom Line
Given the seemingly tenuous grip on the job, Taylor ranks at the bottom of the list of likely Week 1 NFL starters for the very reason in the "Downside" above.