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Breaking Down the Bolts Part 1: QBs

So I’ve decided to take a little more in-depth look at the Chargers roster and all of the electric players that it bolsters this year. As a sort of series, I will be breaking down every position, my projected depth chart for that position and the role that each player will play at that position. Please feel free to offer up opinions and advice, correct me if there is some sort of error or incorrect information, or just simply agree with your editor like the lovely readers that you all are.

As you can tell by the title and since this is part 1 of the series, we will start with the quarterback position. So here we go!

1. Philip Rivers: Returning for his fifth year as the leader of the Charger offense since becoming their first-round draft pick in 2004, Rivers will look to continue on his path towards the almighty Super Bowl appearance which has become ever so elusive for the Chargers. Coming off of a season in which he threw for 4,254 yards (the most in his career in a single season), 28 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, as well as an outstanding QB rating of 104.4 to along with it. Rivers continues to prove himself to be among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, but has yet join that select group of Super Bowl regulars such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. There is no doubt that he will be the starter and should be for many years to come.

2. Billy Volek: A journeyman during his 11 year career, he has spent four of those seasons in San Diego, including the last three. Seeing the field from the sideline the majority of last season, he was called upon during four games to take over for Rivers. During those four games, he was able to complete 20 of his 31 throws for 231 yards, as well as a touchdown and an interception. Despite only accumulating ten starts during his long tenure in the NFL, Volek has proven himself to be a more than capable backup quarterback as well as someone who can step in and make plays if need be. Look for him to hold the backup spot for the majority of the season, seeing small bits of playing time in games that Rivers has already put away.

3. Jonathan Crompton: A rookie out of the University of Tennessee, many questions hung over his head when the draft rolled around due to his lack of impressive numbers in his four years as a Volunteer. His numbers floundered despite what seemed to be a plethora of talent, although many believe that is due to the fact that in four years, Crompton took calls from four different offensive coordinators. Despite these questions and concerns, Norv Turner and the Chargers saw something in him and felt that he was well worth a fifth-round draft choice. Turner is known for finding projects at the quarterback position, such as now-Seattle Seahawk Charlie Whitehurst, so there is hope for Crompton. Throughout the off-season, he has shown a willingness to learn and the patience to wait for his opportunity, so we will see in the future if Crompton can be molded into an NFL-caliber quarterback. Don’t expect to see this rookie ever take the headset off and put down the clipboard after the preseason’s over though, as Volek has the backup position basically locked down. This will be his year to learn from Rivers and Volek and the coaches will make sure to keep his sights set on the somewhat distant future.

So there you have it folks. The Chargers top three quarterbacks seem to be a lock unless something tragic happens, but we won’t go there. Keep an eye out for the next segment of the series, and if any one has any requests for which position they would like that to be, let me know. Thanks!


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