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Chargers sign Max Duggan to active roster, slated to back up Easton Stick

The Chargers’ seventh round rookie quarterback reunites with Quentin Johnston and Deruis Davis on the active roster

Los Angeles Chargers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

The Chargers have made a flurry of moves today following the news that Justin Herbert will hit the IR for the remainder of the season as he recovers from surgery on his broken index finger.

An move that comes as little surprise but is still an interesting storyline is Max Duggan’s signing to the active roster. Duggan is currently slated back up Easton Stick, who will be getting the start against the Raiders on Thursday night.

Easton Stick put up an odd performance Sunday afternoon, unleashing a couple big throws but also showing no feel for outsize blitzes, allowing himself to get strip sacked twice.

While he did settle into the game for a moment and looked like a formidable backup, those big mistakes would have been a disaster if this team was a contender before Herbert’s injury. Instead, we’re left to use the remaining games in our season to evaluate some of the younger depth pieces on this roster.

Should Stick struggle, it could be interesting to see Brandon Staley give Max an opportunity to show what he can do with his former TCU teammates. If Duggan proves to be a reasonable replacement for Stick, there is a chance they let the five-year vet hit the market and role with Max as the new backup, leaning on his chemistry with the younger players to get him throw potential crisis scenarios if Herbert misses more time in the future.