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LA Chargers: Four questions about the 2021 QB room

COSTA MESA, CA - JUNE 16: Justin Herbert #10 and Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers at mandatory minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center on June 16, 2021 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
COSTA MESA, CA - JUNE 16: Justin Herbert #10 and Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers at mandatory minicamp at the Hoag Performance Center on June 16, 2021 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

4. Do the la Chargers still view Easton Stick as an asset?

A lot of twists and turns have led Stick to where he currently is with the LA Chargers. In 2019, the former NDSU quarterback was drafted in the fifth round as a developmental quarterback behind Rivers and Taylor. At the time, it absolutely made sense. No one knew how much longer Rivers would be a Charger with just one year remaining on his deal.

Very few people would’ve guessed that the Chargers would go 5-11 in 2019 after a 12-4 2018 campaign. That gave them a top 10 draft choice to use on a certain Oregon quarterback. In addition to the LA Chargers figuring out their long-term future at quarterback, there was no 2020 preseason for Stick to show any development.

A new coaching staff that didn’t draft Stick signed a vet they had significant prior connections to in the aforementioned Daniel. The events of the past year and a half or so lead to one question-what is Stick to the Chargers?

It’s very clear he’s not in any position to be the future starter here. He could win the backup role, but that’s an uphill battle on paper. Do they see him as an asset that they can flip for a late-round draft pick if he plays well in the preseason?  Maybe stash him on the practice squad? Both are plausible scenarios.

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Regardless of which way it ends up going, I do think 2021 is when we find out what exactly Stick means to the organization.

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