5 Chargers Playing Their Last Game With the Team on Sunday

Five of the most likely Los Angeles Chargers who are playing their last game for the team in Week 18.
Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30)
Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Easton Stick

Chargers quarterback Easton Stick is a pending free agent once again after being in the same situation last offseason. While Los Angeles opted to bring him back for 2023, that might not be the case again.

Stick had the benefit of familiarity with both former head coach Brandon Staley and former GM Tom Telseco. It was Telesco who selected Stick in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, and Staley opted to keep the North Dakota State product around in his QB room for each of his three years at the helm.

Both men are now gone, putting Stick on shaky footing. His performance as fill-starter after Justin Herbet's finger injury hasn't been particularly impressive, with a pair of zero-touchdown, under-225-passing-yards starts and an 0-3 record.

Stick was also the QB1 during LA's infamous blowout loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. His overwhelming struggles in the first half led to the team's 42-0 deficit at halftime, which tells the real story of his performance more than the 3 touchdowns and 257 yards he finished with while playing backups do.

There's nothing super promising about Stick to make a new regime want to re-sign him. There's also a case to be made the Chargers would be much better off signing a legit veteran to back up Herbert to avoid their season going up in flames again.

5. Jalen Guyton

Wide receiver Jalen Guyton is another incumbent whose seat is hot. The undrafted North Texas alum emerged as a promising WR3 for Los Angeles from 2020-21, recording at least 440 yards and 3 touchdowns both years to help take the load off of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

Guyton's contributions have slipped dramatically over the past two campaigns, however, due to health issues. A torn ACL in Week 3 of the 2022 season was a major blow, giving him a huge hurdle to get over heading into 2023.

That injury then kept him out until Week 9 of this year, and then a groin problem popped up soon after his return to the field that plagued him during the halfway point of the season. This has resulted in a dismal 89 yards and 1 TD for Guyton in 2023.

With the injury affecting his playmaking, the Chargers have a strong reason to move on in search of other WR depth this offseason.