The Chargers Make Big Changes After a Big Loss

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In a surprising move, the Chargers added quarterback Will Grier to their roster, plucking him from the Patriots’ practice squad. At the same time, the team bid farewell to Max Duggan, the former TCU signal-caller, by waiving him. If Duggan successfully navigates the waiver process, he is expected to find his way back to the practice squad in Los Angeles.

The Chargers Are Shaking Things Up

These maneuvers mark the initial decisions made by Chargers’ interim general manager JoJo Wooden. The shake-up was triggered by the struggles of Easton Stick, who committed three turnovers in the dismal 63–21 defeat when the Chargers played against the Raiders on Night Football at Allegiant Stadium.

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Stick was thrust into the starting role after the primary quarterback, Justin Herbert, had an injury to his right index finger, ending his participation in the season. Grier, who was a third-round pick in the 2019 draft for the Panthers had no games in a regular-season since his rookie year. During that debut season, he threw for 228 yards and marked four interceptions. He completed 53.8% of his passes across two games.

Quarterback Will Grier Joins the Chargers

This move marks Grier’s fourth stint with different franchises this year. He initially started the offseason with the Cowboys, attending their training camp. After the Cowboys acquired Trey Lance, Grier’s journey took a turn and he was released. Then, he joined the Bengals’ practice squad before ending up with the Patriots in September. On November 25, New England waived Grier, eventually assigning him to the practice squad of the team.

The Chargers’ decision to bring in Grier follows a disappointing loss that gave owner Dean Spanos the green light to apply big changes within the franchise. The aftermath of the poor performance also led to the swift termination of coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco also parted ways with the team. Now, Giff Smith is at the helm, doing the job of the interim head coach of the team as it navigates through the remaining weeks of the season.