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Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Get ready for training camp with a preview of the Chargers quarterbacks.

From now until the start of training camp, we’ll preview each position for the San Diego Chargers.  We kick things off with a breakdown of the quarterbacks.  The Bolts currently have three on their roster: Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens and Brad Sorensen.

Rivers – The unquestioned heart and soul of the team, Rivers returns for his 11th season in America’s Finest City.  For his career, Rivers has thrown for 32,369 yards and 221 touchdown passes, and if history stays true, is on track to reach the 35,000-yard and 250-touchdown landmarks this season.  Impressively, only 19 quarterbacks in NFL history have reached the 35,000-yard mark and only 15 have thrown at least 250 touchdown passes.  Rivers is also fresh off perhaps his best season to date as he was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year and earned a trip to his fifth Pro Bowl.  Number 17 completed 378-of-544 attempts for a team-record, career-best and NFL-leading 69.5% completion percentage.  His 378 completions were also team record. Rivers accumulated 4,478 yards (third highest of his career) and 32 touchdowns (second most) to just 11 interceptions for a career and team record-tying passer rating of 105.5.  In the process, he became only the third quarterback in NFL history to post six straight seasons of at least 25 touchdowns. Rivers also threw for over 4,000 yards for the fifth time in his career, becoming just the sixth passer in NFL history with at least five 4,000-plus yard seasons.

The Chargers welcomed the savvy veteran into the fold early in free agency.  Clemens is expected to provide additional veteran leadership while serving as a sounding board for Rivers, who has not been shy about his new teammate’s contributions thus far this offseason.  Originally a second-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Clemens spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a backup to starter Sam Bradford. When Bradford was lost for the season last year with a knee injury, Clemens took the reins as the starter for the final nine games. He performed admirably, completing 142 of 242 passes (58.7%) for 1,673 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. For his career, Clemens has thrown for 3,994 yard and 15 touchdowns for a 68.6 passer rating.

Sorensen- Entering his second season in the NFL, Sorensen’s stated goal is to soak up as much knowledge as he can while learning from two respected quarterbacks.  Sorensen was inactive each week as a rookie, but he made an impression both inside the building and around the NFL with a stellar training camp and preseason.  The 2013 seventh-round draft choice completed 24-of-45 passes (53.3%) for 272 yards and two touchdowns and a passer rating of 68.0 in four exhibition games.

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