SAN DIEGO -- Third-string quarterbacks generally don’t get much shine at training camp. Add to that the fact the San Diego Chargers have a franchise quarterback in Philip Rivers and an experienced backup in Kellen Clemens, and it’s no surprise there has been little written about second-year pro Brad Sorensen.
But San Diego’s third-string quarterback is quietly having a solid camp. Just ask Chargers head coach Mike McCoy.
“Brad’s made that next step, which is nice to see, coming off of the preseason he had last year and how hard he worked during the season with the scout team and everything,” McCoy said. “He had a good offseason program, and it’s paid off now.”
As McCoy said, the Southern Utah product played solid during exhibition play as a rookie last season. He completed 53 percent of his passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Sorensen was sacked twice, and finished with 68.0 passer rating.
Not wanting to risk exposing him to waivers, the Chargers kept Sorensen as the team’s third quarterback on the active roster for the entire 2013 season. Although Sorensen was not on the 46-man active roster for a game as a rookie, he was a regular as one of the first guys on the field during pre-game workouts, working on throws with offensive coordinator Frank Reich.
“Last year my head was spinning with the playbook, just trying to grasp the concepts of everything” Sorensen said. “And now I understand it a little more, and they tell me I’ve improved from last season to this season.”
At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Sorensen will not wow you with his athleticism. He ran a 4.97-second, 40-yard time at the scouting combine and posted a 29-inch vertical jump. Check out his combine video here.
But Sorensen shows good arm strength, moves well within the pocket and has done a better job of reading his progressions and finding the open man in the passing game.
The development of Sorensen, a seventh-round selection in the 2013 draft, is the reason the Chargers did not draft a quarterback this year. For now, Sorensen looks like San Diego’s developmental quarterback for the future.
“I just need to keep learning from the guys in front of me,” Sorensen said. “Phil is a great quarterback to learn from. He’s very helpful. He’s always coaching and giving pointers, and Kellen is also. So I’m just trying to improve in all areas, and trying to be as good as those guys are.”