A late rally came up short for the Los Angeles Chargers, dropping their third preseason game 23-15 hosting the Seattle Seahawks.
The third preseason game is usually dress rehearsal historically, but there wasn’t much of one going on here. Without Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa, Mike Pouncey, Thomas Davis, Uchenna Nwosu, and so on, it was much more of the standard preseason fare than anything that could be construed for the regular season. The upside of that is fans get to see more of the preseason battles for some of those final roster spots. Let’s get into which Chargers were big winners or losers:
Chargers winner: Easton Stick
Stick started in a hole, down 23-3 by the time he came in. But, the rookie did about everything he could be asked to do. On 12-16 passing with one touchdown through the air and one on the ground, Stick was looked really solid following last week’s disappointing Saints game. The Chargers’ offense was really a stagnated mess the whole night until Stick came in. He’s all but won himself that third spot and put the team in a position where they have no choice but to carry a third quarterback.
No one really knows if Stick ends up being the guy after Rivers. The NFL changes fast, as evidenced by Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement before the game. But he’s a really versatile quarterback prospect who’s shown more good potential in three games than Cardale Jones has shown in three years.