Chargers beneficiaries: Center and quarterback
Resting: C Mike Pouncey
Benefits: C Scott Quessenberry
Scott Quessenberry would benefit from the starter in front of him resting the same way Pipkins would. Wearing No. 61, a number close to many Chargers fans’ hearts, Quessenberry has a chance to show the franchise they may not need to extend or re-sign Mike Pouncey following the 2019-2020 season. The Chargers should bring Pouncey back, as Quessenberry would need to show quite a bit on the field for them to even consider switching away from a former Pro-Bowl player. But while Pouncey takes a break with veteran rest, it will be extremely beneficial for Quessenberry to develop as a capable resereve center.
Resting: QB Philip Rivers
Benefits: QB Easton Stick
In no world is Easton Stick outright starting over Philip Rivers, or even Tyrod Taylor, this season. However, it would certainly be in the team’s best interest to give Stick every opportunity to guide an NFL-level offense with some of the starters. He’s a winner, a superior athlete, and a mostly-accurate passer who needs to refine throws across the middle, decrease turnovers, and learn an NFL system. Learning behind Rivers is invaluable, but why not have him learn with in-game action with some of the same weapons Rivers has? Have him go against Derwin James or Desmond King and see what he can do.