FARGO — Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was recently asked why his team didn't sign quarterback Cam Newton this offseason, a question that led to Lynn praising former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick.
Lynn told Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio that the Chargers considered, but passed on the former Carolina Panthers star because Lynn likes the quarterbacks on his roster. That includes veteran Tyrod Taylor, Stick, who is entering in second season with the Chargers, and Justin Herbert, the No. 6 overall pick from Oregon who was selected in the recent NFL Draft.
Newton is a free agent and a former league Most Valuable Player.
“I feel really good about the quarterback room that I have with Tyrod Taylor, Easton Stick, those are guys that a lot of people don’t talk about, but he’s (Stick) Division I-AA (FCS), he won like three national championships," Lynn told Gelb.
(Listen below to part of Gelb's conversation with Lynn):
The 6-foot-1, 224-pound Stick was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft after leading the Bison to an undefeated national championship in his final season at NDSU.
Stick finished his Bison career with a 49-3 record as a starter, setting a record for most QB wins in FCS history. He passed for 198 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards and three scores in a 38-24 national title game victory against Eastern Washington to cap the 2018 season.
“He’s a hell of a leader, hell of a professional. I believe he has a bright future in this league one day," Lynn said of Stick. "With him Tyrod Taylor and knowing we had the opportunity to get one picking sixth in the draft (Herbert), all those decisions came into play when talking about Cam.”