The Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers “agreed to part ways” earlier this week, ending a 16-year run with Rivers main the best way — first in San Diego and then in L.A.
With Rivers now out the door, the Chargers will usher in a brand new period in 2020, including, quite clearly, a new beginning quarterback. And whereas a first-round rookie or an experienced veteran are each prospects, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn believes there may be a 3rd choice.
Lynn, who reportedly signed a contract extension on Thursday, told AM 570 LA Sports in Los Angeles that final yr’s backup quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, might earning the starting job out of coaching camp.
“Tyrod Taylor is a heck of a quarterback,” Lynn stated. “We couldn’t have a greater backup right now, and now he has a chance to perhaps step up right into a starting position. I’ve had Tyrod before, and I do know what this younger man brings to the desk, within the passing recreation and the operating recreation.
“One of the things he does very properly is maintain the football. I consider yearly he’s started in this league he’s been the No. 1 quarterback in taking good care of the football. I consider extra games are misplaced than gained. So if we will just care for the football and take it away, we’ll be okay.”
Taylor, a sixth-round decide of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 NFL Draft, signed a two-year cope with the Chargers final yr after spending the 2018 season with the Cleveland Browns. He additionally referred to as Buffalo residence from 2015-2017.
In 70 career video games (46 begins), Taylor has completed 61.6% of his passes for 9,562 yards, 54 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. A dual menace, he’s additionally gained 1,843 yards and scored 16 further touchdowns whereas averaging 5.5 yards per carry.