Charlie Whitehurst or Brad Sorensen? Chargers roster predictions

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On the eve of final cut day, the possibility exists that the Chargers will carry 3 quarterbacks on the roster for the first time since 2009. If that happens, who backs up Philip Rivers?

In our latest prediction of the 53-man roster, our fearless leader believes the team will carry three quarterbacks, sparing the Chargers faithful the heartbreak of losing their favorite potential backup Quarterback.

Following the first three preseason games, most vocal fans around here were ready to ship Charlie Whitehurst off and hitch their wagon to the Brad Sorensen train. In fact, some were going so far as to say Sorensen could replace Philip Rivers next season; there was that much excitement over Sorensen.

We got good looks of both players last night in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and boy did the tables turn. After looking less than impressive in the first three preseason games, Charlie Whitehurst looked like the better quarterback last night. While he still wasn't all that impressive, he was leaps and bounds above Sorensen.

Last night, Whitehurst went 9-for-12 for 86 yards (7.6 avg), 0 TDs and 1 INT, and he was sacked 4 times. Okay, so Whitehurst still holds onto the ball too long. Sorensen went 7-for-18 for 44 yards (2.4[!] avg), 0 TDs and 1 INT. He wasn't sacked at all, which is an improvement over Clipboard Jesus, but those numbers do not instill any confidence. And even outside the numbers, Whitehurst looked like the more comfortable QB last night.

Granted, Sorensen is a rookie, so he's still raw. And while he was going against San Francisco's 3rd-stringers, the 49ers have incredible depth and they were the better team overall.

So what say you, Chargers fans? Have you seen enough of Sorensen to trust him as the team's backup? Do we take the safer path and go with the veteran? Tell us below.

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