LA Chargers training camp started this past week and fans are flocking to Costa Mesa to show support for the Bolts ahead of one of the most anticipated seasons in team history. The front office put together one of the biggest offseasons in franchise history and the Chargers now have one of the best rosters in the entire league.
There is no denying the talent on the roster but there is still a lot that is up in the air before the 2022 season begins. Whether it be battles for a starting job or battles for a backend roster spot, there is a lot to monitor during camp moving forward.
Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco have a lot of tough decisions to make before Week 1. That being said, there is one decision that would undoubtedly be a mistake regardless of what else happens with the rest of the 53-man roster.
The LA Chargers cannot waste a roster spot on a third quarterback again
The LA Chargers brought in Chase Daniel to be the veteran mentor quarterback behind Justin Herbert last season. While Daniel does not offer much value on the field, the value he adds in aiding Justin Herbert is big, so his spot on the roster is justified.
Last season the Chargers also included a third quarterback on the roster in Easton Stick, who is still one of the most pointless draft picks in Tom Telesco's Chargers career. This third quarterback directly took away from the wide receiver position, which only had five players on the roster all season.
The Chargers got away with it as the receiving corps stayed mostly healthy but the receiver room was really thin at the back last season. Most teams carry six receivers and in the Chargers' case, they had Andre Roberts as the fifth receiver. Roberts had zero to no impact on the offensive side of the ball.
COVID-19 infections were very much still part of the season in 2021 but that is not an excuse to carry three quarterbacks on the roster any longer. It is simply a wasted roster spot as Stick adds no value to the offense in any way.
If Herbert were to get hurt then the season would be over anyway. The difference between Stick and Daniel does not matter and we don't even know if Stick is any better than Daniel.
The Chargers could comfortably just add Stick to the practice squad and be confident that he would stay there. It is not like teams are lining up to sign him off LA's practice squad and if they do the Chargers can just sign another inconsequential depth quarterback that doesn't make a difference anyway.