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Previewing the Chargers 2019 quarterbacks

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts in the huddle during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts in the huddle during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 06: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with fans after defeating the Baltimore Ravens after the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Chargers defeated the Ravens with a score of 23 to 17.(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 06: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with fans after defeating the Baltimore Ravens after the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Chargers defeated the Ravens with a score of 23 to 17.(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Chargers have one of the more intriguing quarterback situations in the NFL, as old and new faces return or join the franchise in 2019…

The Chargers’ 2019 quarterback group contains no shortage of storylines.

In his nine NFL seasons, Tyrod Taylor’s dealt with his share of drama. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Ravens and served as Joe Flacco’s backup for four seasons. Taylor earned a ring as a member of Baltimore’s Super Bowl XLVII championship squad.

Buffalo signed Taylor off the free agent market in 2015 and he impressed right away, emerging as the team’s starter. He earned a spot in that season’s Pro Bowl and led the Bills to their first playoffs in 17 years.

Last March, the Buffalo Bills traded 2015 Pro-Bowl quarterback Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland. Three games into the season, Taylor suffered an injury and lost his starting job to number one pick Baker Mayfield. The Chargers are giving Taylor a chance, signing him to a two-year deal this offseason.

Taylor’s arrival in Los Angeles marks a reunion with Bolts head coach Anthony Lynn, who coached him in Buffalo. Taylor played under Lynn while he served as the Bills’ offensive coordinator, associate head coach and interim coach.

Philip Rivers, entering his 16th season as the Bolts’ signal caller, has only been around Taylor for a handful of meetings. Judging from Rivers’ interview with San Diego’s Xtra 1360 this past Thursday, Taylor’s made quite the impression.

“I can just tell how [Taylor] works. I mean, you should see his notebook. It’s unbelievable.”

Inserting Taylor into an already robust quarterbacks group should lend the Chargers a major advantage heading into 2019. With Rivers in the last year of his contract at age 37, Cardale Jones playing on a futures contract and North Dakota State fifth-round draftee Easton Stick earning his first taste of the NFL, competitive juices around the Bolts should be at an all-time high.

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