FARGO — Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen is impressed with what former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick showed on his college game tape as Stick heads into his rookie NFL season.
The Chargers posted a video on their official Twitter account Tuesday, July 2, that features Steichen breaking down highlights from Stick's games with the Bison.
The Chargers drafted Stick in the fifth round (166 overall) of last April's NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Stick posted a 49-3 record as a starter at NDSU.
“He’s a winner, and then if you watch his tape, he’s very athletic," Steichen said. "He can move the pocket and get out and make plays, but he can also play within the pocket and make big-time throws.”
One of those big-time throws Steichen reviewed was from last January's NCAA Division I FCS national championship game. During the play, Stick scrambles from the pocket and lofts a pass to Darrius Shepherd over the top of an Eastern Washington defender for a 23-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
“He throws with touch. Not everything has to be a fastball," Steichen said. “It doesn’t look like much, but that’s a big-time throw right over that defender’s head for a touchdown.”
The Bison went on to a 38-24 victory against Eastern Washington to win their seventh national title in the past eight seasons.
While breaking down other Stick highlights, Steichen complimented Stick for subtle movement in the pocket and his ability to make throws with good timing and anticipation.
Steichen added Stick has been a quick learner since joining the Chargers.
“He’s done a great job picking up the offense," Steichen said. "He came in here in rookie minicamp and we put a lot on him that first day and he handled it really well.”
Steichen also broke down Stick's 34-yard touchdown run against South Dakota State in the FCS semifinals. That quarterback draw play helped spark the Bison to a 44-21 victory against the Jackrabbits.
“This just shows his athletic ability as a runner," Steichen said. "He steps up in the pocket, he sheds a tackle and he does a great job of using his receiver right here, blocking, and cutting off that block. You can see that cut right there, and then you can also see that strength right there at the end with the stiff arm."
"When you look at his production in college, his toughness, his leadership — his intangibles are off the charts."
"When you look at his production in college, his toughness, his leadership — his intangibles are off the charts."— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 2, 2019