Evaluating the Chargers' QB situation heading into 2020
The Los Angeles Chargers will look a lot different in 2020 after veteran quarterback Philip Rivers joined the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason.
The team is in a good place at just about every position on the roster this year, but still has some question marks surrounding quarterback.
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor looks to be the starter for Los Angeles this year, with rookie Justin Herbert also joining the roster after being selected at No. 6 overall in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Here's a look into the passers the Chargers have on roster heading into the upcoming season.
It's hard to see a situation where Taylor isn't the starter for the entirety of the season.
The 30-year-old, signed to a two-year deal by the Chargers last offseason, obviously has a significant jump on the signal-callers behind him where experience is concerned.
Taylor has struggled to hold starting jobs in the past, though, as his career took a dip in Cleveland after a solid three years in Buffalo.
The mobile quarterback has a chance with the Chargers to return to the high level of play we saw from him with the Bills. If he can't do that in this system, hopes of Taylor ever getting back on the upswing begin to look much more dismal.
Analysts ahead of the draft were very split on the former Oregon Duck, and there's some reason for that.
Herbert has the NFL frame at 6-foot-6, 236 pounds, and an absolute cannon of an arm. As far as the physical tools go, Herbert seems to have it all.
But there are some accuracy issues to work on, and his decision-making and consistency falls into that same category. Herbert particularly struggled on short, quick passes last year, ranking 64th in the FBS in accurate-pass rate on throws in 2.5 seconds or less and traveling just 1-9 yards, according to Pro Football Focus.
One particular scout wasn't high on Herbert, calling him "kind of robotic and mechanical." He also compared him to the likes of Blaine Gabbert, who has struggled throughout his professional career.
Herbert has a high ceiling. The question is as to whether or not he'll ultimately meet the lofty expectations so many have for him.
Stick was selected by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and secured his place on the roster over Cardale Jones last preseason.
He has a strong resume as one of the best players in Football Championship Subdivision history, recording an overall record 49-3 as a starter for the North Dakota State Bison.
Over the final two seasons of his college career, he rusher for over 1,300 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Stick's arm strength is unimpressive, though, and he could stand to develop much more as a passer overall before he's ever given a chance to a start a game at the NFL level.
The most likely situation is that Taylor starts the season with the rookie behind him. It will be interesting to see if he can do more than just bridge the gap between now and when Los Angeles finds its quarterback of the future, who could end up being Herbert.
It's a fine situation for Herbert, who can brush up on any issues he has coming into the league while sitting behind a seasoned Taylor.
There's also always the chance Taylor could hit a significant decline, and in that case, Herbert could see the field sooner than expected.