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Chargers: Seven possible quarterback scenarios in 2020

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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – SEPTEMBER 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes for a touchdown away from Tevan McAdams #8 of the New Mexico State Aggies in the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – SEPTEMBER 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes for a touchdown away from Tevan McAdams #8 of the New Mexico State Aggies in the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Chargers 2020 quarterback possibilities: Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater

6. Tua Tagovailoa

Tagovailoa is my favorite quarterback in the draft, which means of course he’s the one who has glaring durability issues. If it weren’t for the durability questions as well as Burrow’s Heisman campaign, he’d absolutely be the number one pick.

The arm, accuracy, timing, and placement of the ball to his receivers are all top-notch. The question is NFL hits on Sundays, in addition to the hip and ankle injuries already.

When it comes to Tagovailoa, the Chargers need to do less actual scouting and more medical scouting. Given his injury, some say it’s in doubt as to whether he would start Week 1, but he’s got plenty of time to get healthy. He’s probably the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft as it stands right now. One of my favorite plays:

Excited to see Tua Tagovailoa back in action today. Extremely high levels of accuracy, smarts, and improvisation skills.

His mobility and accuracy will be put to the test against a talented LSU secondary though. pic.twitter.com/ovJJN9zxRb

— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) November 9, 2019

7. Teddy Bridgewater

The future of the quarterback position for the New Orleans Saints is uncertain, to say the least. Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and Bridgewater all find themselves without a contract. While it’s not impossible all three wind up back in New Orleans in 2020, it seems unlikely at the very least.

Bridgewater seems to have earned back a starting NFL gig with his performance when Brees was injured earlier in the year, going undefeated in an impressive 5-0 stretch.

Bridgewater probably winds up not being as expensive as a Rivers or Brady signing would be in the short term as they both go for max quarterback money one or two-year deals. Plus, at just 27 years old, there is quarterback of the future potential in him.

The knee is no longer a real concern for teams either as he’s played pretty nicely since. My guess would be that Bridgewater stays in New Orleans, willing to wait out the end of Brees, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at one of the better, younger free-agent options out there.

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For the first time in a while, the Chargers have a legitimate opening at quarterback. The likeliest option seems to be Rivers coming back with a rookie quarterback drafted to be the replacement, but it’s not the likeliest option by too much over the rest of the field.

There does seem to be real smoke when it comes to Brady and the team has a competent starter with Taylor still on the roster. There are high-risk. high reward free-agent options when it comes to Mariota and Bridgewater if they want to roll the dice.

Tagovailoa and Herbert are potential day one starters if drafted. 2020 has way more intrigue at the quarterback position for the Chargers than most thought it would a year ago at this time.

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