The Chargers losing Philip Rivers single-handedly sank the value of the position group compared to the rest of the NFL. With Rivers and Tyrod Taylor leading the group last season, they were one of only a handful of position rooms with two full-fledged starting-caliber quarterbacks.
This year, Taylor is the lone vet and he’s joined by a rookie in Justin Herbert and Easton Stick, a former fifth-round pick going into his second year.
In a recent set of rankings by Bleacher Report’s Chris Roling, the Bolts’ group of passers came in at 27 out of the 32 teams, or in other words, the sixth-worst room in the league.
“The Los Angeles Chargers might have their future under center with rookie Justin Herbert, but the immediate outlook isn’t superb,” Roling says. “The Chargers have repeatedly said they believe in Tyrod Taylor as a starter right now, which means the team might place the fate of the 2020 season in the hands of a journeyman backup who hasn’t attempted even 100 passes in a season since 2017 and has only actually done so three times since 2011.”
For now, Taylor is the only quarterback on the team who has taken a professional snap. His current career stats include 9,562 yards with 54 touchdowns to 20 interceptions. His best season in the NFL came in 2015 when he made his first Pro Bowl on the back of a 20-6 touchdown to interception ratio and 3,035 passing yards to go along with 568 rushing yards and four scores.
The Bolts’ QB room ranked higher than the Bears, Patriots, Dolphins, Washington, and the Jaguars who are all ranked 28th to 32nd, respectively. Divisional-rival Denver finished one spot ahead of the Chargers with the duo of Drew Lock and Jeff Driskel.
Does the duo of Taylor and Herbert deserve more love, or is this a good placement for them?
Now for some links.
Hayley Elwood discusses the three new rule changes announced by the NFL (Chargers.com)
Shawne Merriman thinks the Chargers had the best offseason among all NFL teams (Chargers.com)
Jason Reed predicts the final AFC West standings for 2020 (Bolt Beat)
Jason Reed highlights the best trade in franchise history with the San Francisco 49ers (Bolt Beat)
Former Chargers RB Melvin Gordon gives another jab to the Bolts (Bleacher Report)
Chris Roling ranks all 32 NFL teams in terms of their quarterback situation (Bleacher Report)
Jonathan Jones asserts that the NFL got the onside kick alternative decision wrong (CBS Sports)
Cody Benjamin lists the best team fits for the top remaining free agents (CBS Sports)
Michael David Smith reports on Aldon Smith’s new outlook on his life (Pro Football Talk)
Lindsay Jones lists the best performances by athletes on “Saturday Night Live” (The Athletic)