The LA Chargers quarterback depth chart is three men deep
As the first installment of what will be an ongoing series here at Bolt Beat, we are breaking down the LA Chargers depth chart, starting with the quarterback position. This can be used not only as a source of analysis for Charger fans, but a resource as it will be updated later if any changes are made.
The quarterback position is a very interesting one for the Chargers this season as they are moving on from long-time quarterback Philip Rivers and drafted Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
However, as impressive as Herbert’s arm is and as much as we loved his throwing montage on Hard Knocks, he is not the QB1 for the Chargers.
LA Chargers depth chart, QB1: Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor is the QB1 of the LA Chargers right now and he will be the QB1 (barring injury) Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals. This is the classic case of a team using a veteran quarterback to start during the rookie’s first season to allow him to learn the ropes.
Taylor has not been a full-time starter in the NFL since the 2017 season, where he led the Buffalo Bills to an unlikely playoff berth. He took up the same kind of role with Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns in 2018 but got hurt in Week 3 and that was the end of his tenure as a starter.
The Chargers are going to be implementing a new offense that is likely going to be more run-heavy and having a lot more moving parts rather than being the traditional gunslinging offense that we have seen in recent years with Rivers.
This QB1 position is going to be watched under a fine comb all season. The Chargers are a very talented team and if Tyrod Taylor isn’t playing up to par then Herbert might just get a start sooner rather than later.