Chargers QB Breakdown: Complete Position Evaluation and Analysis

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Chargers QB Breakdown: Complete Position Evaluation and Analysis
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There are a few positions in San Diego that are locked up starter wise, meaning that some of the camp battles will be for the role of backup. Quarterback is one of them. 

We all know who will be under center for the first snap against the Houston Texans, but there are still questions after that. Will the Chargers keep three quarterbacks? Who will be the backup? 

Just in case No. 17 goes down for the season, it's good for fans to know who might lead the offense after. 

Well, here's an evaluation and analysis of the San Diego Chargers' quarterback position. 

Philip Rivers

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Ht: 6'5'' Wt: 228 lbs

College: North Carolina State

Experience: 9 years

2012 Statistics: 3,606 yards, 64.0 completion percentage, 6.8 yards per completion, 26 TDs, 15 INTs, 49 sacks

The loud leader of the San Diego Chargers has been depleted in the past two seasons. His 3,606 yards was his least amount since 2007, when, you know, LaDainian Tomlinson was in his prime. 

Those were the days, weren't they?

As you look at Rivers' stats, the number that should pop out at you should not be his lack of yardage or his interceptions, it should be the amount of times he was sacked. Getting sacked 49 times set a career high for a single season by 11. Rivers has been sacked 117 times in the past three years after only getting sacked a total of 153 times in his first six seasons. 

This is the biggest reason for the decline in Rivers' play. With a barrage of new offensive lineman and coaches, 2013 could be a bounce back season for the veteran quarterback. If not, he may find himself on thin ice in San Diego. 

Projected Position in the Depth Chart: Starter

Charlie Whitehurst

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Ht: 6'5'' Wt: 235 lbs

College: Clemson

Experience: 7 years

2012 Statistics: N/A

Charlie Whitehurst has always been a backup. He began his career in 2006 with San Diego, then spent two seasons from 2010-2011 with the Seattle Seahawks. He returned to the Chargers in 2012, but did not see the field for a fourth consecutive season in San Diego.

The only two games he's ever played for the Chargers were in his rookie year of 2006. He did not attempt one pass, but rushed twice for a total of 13 yards and a touchdown. 

Before the Russell Wilson era, Whitehurst was given an opportunity to prove himself in Seattle. In his two seasons, he completed 84-of-155 passes for three touchdowns and four interceptions in nine games.

Not expecting Whitehurst to play many snaps in 2013, if any.

Projected Position in Depth Chart: Backup

Brad Sorensen

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Ht: 6'5'' Wt: 229 lbs

College: Southern Utah

Experience: Rookie

2012 Statistics: N/A

Brad Sorensen was the Chargers' final draft pick this year; he set many records in college and has the physique of an NFL quarterback. His athleticism allows him to make throws over the top and run when needed.

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A major weakness that Sorensen possesses is his inability to step up into the pocket when pressure is among him. He tends to run away from it, rather than avoid it inside the pocket. He also does not step into his throws very often and tends to excel only in a shotgun offense.

Sorensen will be fighting to make the team this season, so don't count on seeing him on the field anytime soon. Honestly, don't count on him making the team. With many other areas of concern, whether it be outside linebacker or left tackle, a third quarterback would make no sense.

Projected Position in Depth Chart: Cut

Mike Hermann

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Ht: 6'6'' Wt: 256 lbs

College: Rensselaer Tech

Experience: Rookie

2012 Statistics: N/A

Hermann brings athleticism and speed to Chargers camp at the quarterback position. He ran a low of 4.64 in the 40 at the NFL combine.

If the Chargers somehow decide to keep three quarterbacks on the roster, Hermann will give competition to Sorensen for that last spot.

Projected Position in Depth Chart: Cut

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