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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Brad Sorensen Continues Big Growth
Brad Sorensen knows he's lucky having spent his first year in the NFL learning at the hands of Philip Rivers, Head Coach Mike McCoy and then Quarterbacks Coach Frank Reich. Although he was inactive for each game, he got invaluable experience at practice and in the class room. That’s why entering his second year in the league he has one major focus; to continue to grow.
“I just want to get better and improve on what I’ve done so far,” he said after a recent OTA. “I just want to keep improving.”
Sorensen is pleased with his progress to this point, and is looking forward to expanding his knowledge of the offense in 2014.
“I feel a little bit further along than this time last year when I was just trying to learn concepts, what certain words meant and formations,” he said. “Now, in year two, I don’t have to worry about that as much. I can worry about what type of coverage they are playing and what we like seeing from the defense they have out there. I am also getting more in-depth with my studying for certain plays.”
Sorensen was a three-year starter at Southern Utah, passing for over 3,000 yards each year under center. He also set numerous school records including career passing yards (9,445), touchdown passes (61) and completions (822). Still, the leap from the collegiate ranks to the NFL was a big one, especially when it came to learning the plays.
“The depth of everything on each play is a lot different from college,” he explained. “On every play we have several checks to make, and you have to be aware where everyone is on the field. It’s what I’ve been doing in high school and college, but it’s just more complex, in depth and more intense.”
Even though he didn’t appear in a game, the 6-5, 230-pound passer had an impressive 2013 preseason. However, Sorensen knows there is a big difference between performing in exhibition games and in the real thing.
“The preseason is important to get better and show what you’ve done as a reflection of practice,” he said. “But I’ve still got a long way to go to get to where I want to be. I have two great guys ahead of me to learn from in Philip and Kellen (Clemens), so I’m pretty lucky.”
In addition to Clemens, Sorensen has another new voice to listen to in Quarterbacks Coach Nick Sirianni. He was on the staff last year as an offensive quality control coach, and the second-year quarterback is grateful for what he’s brought to the table this offseason.
“He is great,” Sorensen said. “He is very thorough and makes sure we understand everything. He is great at explaining things, which is something I need right now. He helps me out with all the little details I need to learn. So I have a lot of people here who know the game.”