While the Chargers were again unable to secure a win, the seventh-round pick out of Southern Utah showed that he’s a serious contender for San Diego’s No. 2 quarterback job.
In his second NFL outing, Sorensen completed eight of his 14 attempts for 126 yards and one touchdown, a six-yard quick strike to Mike Willie as the Chargers tried to muster a late-game comeback. Although he was unable to complete the rally after inheriting a 16-point deficit, Sorensen again displayed the cool demeanor that got the team’s attention a week ago.
Much like last week, Sorensen showed poise in the pocket and was able to efficiently get the ball out of his hands. He routinely used his eyes to get his receivers open and never settled for his first option, instead checking down and making the smartest throw available.
His second preseason bout yielded a -0.7 rating from Pro Football Focus, but Sorensen’s drop into the negatives was largely due to his -1.1 rating as a runner. He still boasts a 1.3 rating as a passer throughout the preseason.
Through two weeks, Sorensen has completed 15 of his 24 passes (four have been dropped) for 210 yards and two touchdowns while avoiding any interceptions in 37 snaps. For a player that many considered incapable of handling the mental aspects of the NFL, those stats – albeit in the preseason – are commendable to say the least.
Even if he can’t surpass Charlie Whitehurst for the backup job, Sorensen has proved to the Chargers that he’s worth spending a roster spot on. He’s been consistent and reliable, keeping the ball away from the defense while efficiently moving the offense down the field.
The Chargers got a steal in Sorensen, who is quickly turning heads all over the NFL.