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LA Chargers: 3 free-agent quarterbacks to sign for depth

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The LA Chargers may need to bring in depth at the quarterback position.

Tyrod Taylor was scratched just before the LA Chargers‘ Week 2 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, opening the door for Justin Herbert to make his NFL debut and impress in the process.

Taylor was dealing with an unspecified chest injury that was confirmed on Wednesday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Chargers team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while attempting to administer a pain-killing injection for Taylor’s cracked ribs.

Taylor has been advised to not play “indefinitely” and the timetable for him to return has not yet been announced. Herbert has been announced as the Week 3 starter but the hope seems to be to get Taylor back out there as soon as possible (when it is safe to do so, of course).

While Taylor cannot play the Chargers are running with Justin Herbert under center and Easton Stick as the backup. The only problem is (and sorry to the Easton Stick lovers out there) that Stick is not a great quarterback.

Will the Chargers turn to him in anything were to happen to Herbert? Who knows. Regardless, the team should be in the market for either a veteran back-up or third-stringer while Taylor recovers.

If the Chargers sign someone from another team’s practice squad then they are going to have to get creative. That player has to spend three weeks on the active roster with the Bolts. Thus, if Taylor comes back before Week 6, the Chargers will have a situation in which they have four quarterbacks on the roster.

That could keep the Bolts from signing someone off another practice squad. If that happens, the Chargers would either be wasting a roster spot on an extra quarterback or would have to waive Stick to get him on the practice squad for a week.

You can justify it when Tyrod cannot play, but when he can play it might be a bit too much, especially if he only misses a week.

I don’t think the Chargers want to run the risk of losing Stick for one week of a “break in case of emergency” veteran quarterback, even if Stick isn’t fantastic.

For that reason alone, we are going to be avoiding quarterbacks that are on other team’s practice squads (no Josh McCown). Let’s get into the other options, and warning: they are not great.