As if two caddies weren’t enough for starter Philip Rivers, the San Diego Chargers added another backup quarterback on Wednesday when they signed Nathan Enderle.
The move comes a day after the Chargers waived fan-favorite Mike Hermann, an undrafted rookie quarterback who was serving as San Diego’s No. 4 passer during the early parts of training camp.
A 2011 fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears, the former Idaho standout has failed to carve a niche for himself with an NFL team. After a year with the Bears, Enderle was waived and subsequently signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. That didn’t last long, as he was then waived two months later. The Tennessee Titans signed him at the end of the 2012 campaign, but let him walk earlier this month.
The 6’4’’, 240-pound showed some promise out of college, but has yet to impress a team enough to earn a genuine opportunity to put his talents on display. The biggest knock on Enderle when he first entered the league was his mental toughness, something that routinely fell apart when the pressure was on. Although Enderle has the physical tools to be a quality NFL quarterback, his lack of confidence could keep him off a roster in 2013.
Now with the Chargers, Enderle will tussle with rookie seventh-rounder Brad Sorensen for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Rivers and Charlie Whitehurst. Sorensen is a talented small-school prospect, but is coming off a rough senior season and still has plenty to prove as a passer. Enderle is a solid candidate to push the first-year quarterback.
Enderle will wear No. 7 for the Chargers, but don’t expect him to stick around in San Diego for long.