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Chargers: Five worst mistakes with initial 53-man roster

By Tyler Schoon
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 29: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass over D.J. Reed #32 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 29: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass over D.J. Reed #32 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 29: Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers scrambles away from the pressure of Sheldon Day #96 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 29: Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers scrambles away from the pressure of Sheldon Day #96 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Chargers decision No. 5: Keeping three quarterbacks

In 2018, the Chargers kept just two quarterbacks on their active roster: Philip Rivers and Geno Smith. This year, they’re keeping three, with the two new faces being Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick.

It wasn’t a terrible decision to move on from Cardale Jones, despite his much-better-than-expected preseason performances. His release actually does him a favor, should he land with another team. Jones will be in demand, and could be a team’s second-string quarterback rather than buried as the third quarterback with the Chargers. There’s potentially a bright future ahead for him, even if he can’t crack a starting lineup anytime soon.

The issue isn’t retaining Stick, but rather retaining him by using a roster spot. After his final preseason performance of 50 percent completion percentage, no touchdowns, two interceptions, and minus two rushing yards, was any NFL team champing at the bit to take the rookie? He showed promise, but it’s hard to imagine him being scooped up so easily. It’s not like the rookie was a highly-coveted prospect, as he was selected near the end of the fifth round.

Stick’s spot could have gone to a number of other players, and the young quarterback could have stuck with the practice squad as Jones was. More on the players who deserved a spot on the roster later.

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