The third-string quarterback battle between Cardale Jones and rookie Easton Stick has been one of the most heated battles of the preseason for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Both players have shown promise in each of the three preseason contests, and coach Anthony Lynn said “it very well could” come down to the contest against San Francisco, per Orange Country Register’s Gilbert Manzano.
Lynn said he was very impressed with Stick’s performance on Saturday, but he liked what he saw from Jones as well.
Based on last night’s matchup, Stick was the more superior quarterback out of the two. He went 12-of-16 for 82 yards and a touchdown, along with adding three carries for 14 yards and a score.
The former North Dakota State product took full control of the offense when he entered the game. He looked poised in the pocket, delivered some nice balls to the short-to-intermediate parts of the field and he made some plays with his legs.
On the other hand, Jones’ performance was short-lived but he still managed to go 4-of-5 for 50 yards.
Sign up for the Chargers Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning
Even though the competition has been neck and neck, there isn’t a scenario where Stick doesn’t make the roster unless he were to go down in the preseason finale.
The fifth-round selection has flashed since coming on board in April. He’s younger and has more appealing traits than Jones. Even though this has marked Jones’ best preseason, his time on the roster will likely come to an end.
This doesn’t mean that the Chargers will necessarily have to part ways with him, though. Jones is still eligible for the practice squad and the team may elect to choose that route.