|Team:||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 224 lb.|
|College:||North Dakota State|
|Born:||September 15, 1995|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 5 (166)|
Stick will back up Justin Herbert in Sunday's game versus the Panthers, Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Tyrod Taylor is expected to miss Week 4 against the Buccaneers as well after he suffered a punctured lung from a misplaced injection in Week 2. Therefore, Stick will likely serve as the backup to Herbert for the next two games and possibly beyond if Taylor remains out. Stick had a solid collegiate career, throwing for 2,752 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his senior season at North Dakota State, but he hasn't played a regular-season snap since being selected in by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Stick and Tyrod Taylor are the only quarterbacks under contract with the Chargers for 2020, Alex Barth of 98.5 The Sports Hub reports.
Analysis: With Philip Rivers rumored to be headed for a new team, it isn't out of the question for Stick to be part of a position battle during training camp. Of course, the 24-year-old likely would be the underdog in a 1v1 competition with Taylor, and there's also a pretty good chance the Chargers use significant cap space or an early draft pick on a quarterback. The 2019 fifth-round pick was a healthy scratch throughout his rookie season, serving as the No. 3 QB behind Rivers and Taylor.
Stick (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against Detroit.
Analysis: Stick was facing an uphill battle out of training camp, listed third on the depth chart behind Philip Rivers and Tyrod Taylor, and this news confirms that notion. The North Dakota State product will hope to get the call for Week 3 when the Chargers take on the Texans.
Stick completed 12 of 16 pass attempts for 82 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions while also rushing three times for 14 yards and another score in the Chargers' 23-15 preseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday.
Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick may have sewn up a roster spot with his performance, which saw him lead 11- and eight-play touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Stick connected on an eight-yard scoring toss to Andrew Patton to cap off the first successful series, and he logged a four-yard touchdown rush to finish off the latter march. Stick clearly outperformed competitor Cardale Jones (4-for-5, 50 yards) on Saturday, although both signal-callers figure to see plenty of action in next Thursday's preseason finale against the 49ers.
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