San Diego Chargers: Brad Sorensen

Good morning. Ricky Henne of provides an update on San Diego Chargers reserve quarterback Brad Sorensen.

A seventh-round selection by the Chargers in the 2013 draft, Sorensen is working as the team’s third quarterback behind Philip Rivers and Kellen Clemens in the team’s offseason workouts.

Henne writes that Sorensen has a better grasp of the team’s offense in his second season. The Southern Utah product is probably a year away from pushing for the No. 2 job. How he plays during exhibition play will be an important part of measuring Sorensen’s development.

Money is running low to pay for maintenance costs for the publicly funded Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams. It’s the latest example of why the Rams could be headed back to Los Angeles once the team can break a 30-year lease at the end of the upcoming season.

Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego writes that San Diego can’t afford to host a Super Bowl.

Chase Stuart and Matt Waldman examine if size is a valid characteristic in measuring a receiver’s potential production.

Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report breaks down the basics of Cover 4 defensive coverage.

Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, writing a guest column for Pro Football Focus, tells us what statistics matter in measuring a great punter.

Observation deck: Chargers-49ers

August, 30, 2013
Random thoughts from the San Diego Chargers41-6 home loss to San Francisco:

OK, it was ugly. Ugly.

What does it mean? Well, the 49ers’ backups are much, much better than the Chargers'. San Diego doesn’t have much depth, and this was a classic fourth preseason game for Mike McCoy’s team. The starters rested. And the backups were hammered.

The Chargers’ depth on the offensive line was exposed. Left tackle Max Starks, signed to start, might not even make the team. He wasn’t very good. I can see Mike Harris being kept over Starks as the swing tackle.

San Diego's special teams were bad again, giving up a blocked punt (the second of the preseason) that resulted in a touchdown. San Diego’s special teams has been bad all preseason, perhaps a byproduct of a lack of depth. It will be something to monitor early in the season.

Receiver Robert Meachem suffered a possible concussion late in the game. He could be cut or put on injured reserve. Regardless, I don’t see a future for Meachem in San Diego, even though he will make $5 million this season.

Guard Johnnie Troutman, expected to provide depth at guard, suffered an arm injury. He missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.

Rookie quarterback Brad Sorensen wasn’t very good after playing well earlier in the preseason, throwing two interceptions. Still, I think he will be the No. 3 quarterback.
Here are three things to watch in the San Diego Chargers’ home preseason game against San Francisco:

Special teams: The San Diego special teams were rotten in the first half of the preseason. It improved in some facets last week. But the team needs to see improvement, especially in the return game.

Tackle race: Veteran Max Starks and youngster Mike Harris are competing to be the swing tackle. Perhaps both will make it, but right now, it seems like Harris, an emergency starter as an undrafted rookie last year, has the edge.

Brad Sorensen: The seventh-round pick has look good in the preseason. He should play a lot in this game. This is his chance to show the Chargers’ brass he has a future as an NFL quarterback.