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Lessons from Chargers preseason loss against Saints

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers motions to the bench in a 19-17 New Orleans Saints win during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers motions to the bench in a 19-17 New Orleans Saints win during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers offense: Continued

Quarterbacks:

Tyrod Taylor has locked up the backup quarterback spot, as most expected he would. I believe Taylor may be the most secure backup in the league, he has a good arm and a great ability to make a play if the pocket breaks down. The battle for the third quarterback spot between Cardale Jones and Easton Stick, however, seems to be more complicated. After Cardale’s poor performance last week and Stick’s good showing, I expected to see more of the same against the Saints. Jones ended up looking great (best he’s ever looked in a Chargers uniform), completing 11 of his 14 attempts for 111 yards and a beautiful 24 yard touchdown to Andre Patton. This touchdown capped of a well executed 10 play, 98 yard drive.

Easton Stick came in and played poorly and looked out of rhythm, but still showed his potential with a beautiful 44-yard throw down the left sideline to Artavis Scott on the potential game-winning drive. Unfortunately, this drive quickly ended after that when Stick threw an awful interception that sealed the game up. The Chargers are still more likely to keep fifth-round selection Stick as he is young and full of potential, but if Jones continues to perform as he did on Sunday, that decision may become more complicated.

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