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10 Things to Watch: Who Backs Up Philip Rivers?
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We’ll reveal our top 10 things to watch for at training camp each day leading up to the first practice on July 30.
Who Backs Up Philip Rivers?
Kellen Clemens and Zach Mettenberger are at different stages of their career, but both will fight it out to back up number 17.
Entering his third season in San Diego, Clemens is an 11-year vet who has been a trusted confidant of Rivers since arriving in 2014. He’s completed 344 of 629 career attempts for 4,017 yards and 16 touchdowns. Clemens has started 21 games over his career, and has experience being thrust into action at a moment’s notice.
Meanwhile, the 25-year old Mettenberger is a strong-armed passer who was claimed off waivers from the Tennessee Titans in May. The former sixth-round pick out of LSU threw for 2,347 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games over two seasons, and is well acquainted with Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt who was his head coach in the Music City.
At the same time, Mike Bercovici is also a wild card in the competition as a talented undrafted free agent out of Arizona State.
The Chargers have had two quarterbacks on the active roster the past two seasons with a third on the practice squad. However, in 2013, Head Coach Mike McCoy and Whisenhunt kept three in Rivers, Charlie Whitehurst and Brad Sorenson. Whether there is room for a trio of QBs on the 53-man roster this season might be decided by how each player performs during training camp and in the preseason.
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