LA Chargers’ quarterback Easton Stick Madden 21 rating prediction: 64
This is a pretty low rating, don’t get me wrong, but this is actually a pretty big jump for where Easton Stick was at the end of Madden 20. Stick was rated as a 61 overall quarterback at the end of Madden 20 and I do think that is going to jump all the way to 64 for a specific reason.
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Now, this prediction is completely dependent on Stick having the kind of preseason that I think he is capable of. His launch rating might be lower than 65, but by the time Week 1 rolls around, I am hopeful that he will be a higher overall.
That is because I think the LA Chargers will use him in a Taysom Hill-like capacity in 2020. The Chargers used a fifth-round pick on Stick last season when they already had a backup in Tyrod Taylor.
Sure, you could make the case that they are drafting a long-term backup, but after this season he only has two more years under contract, so there is nothing long-term about it. The Chargers have something in mind for Stick, at least they should, because they used a fifth-round pick on him after going 12-4 and having other needs.
Herbert is the traditional backup that will be there in case Tyrod Taylor gets hurt. With the team transitioning to a run-heavy offense, I think it would be good for Anthony Lynn and company to get creative and use Stick as a weapon in the offense, either as a decoy, a pass-catcher or under center.
He certainly has the athleticism to thrive in that role and it should be something that the team experiments with during the preseason. If they don’t then I don’t really understand the purpose of drafting Easton Stick.
Hill ended last season as a 64 overall (as throwing attributes factor into overall rating much more than athleticism) and with Stick already being a 61, I would not be surprised if they put him on the same level as Hill was to end last season if the Chargers use him how I think they should.