Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers: If the Chargers draft a quarterback, he’s going to sit awhile

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Over the past few years the Chargers brass have done their due diligence in checking out quarterbacks that will be entering the NFL draft, and this year that trend continues.

According to several reports, the team held a private workout with Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes last week and also held a private workout with Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs and will work out DeShone Kizer on Friday.

As the team continues to look for their future franchise quarterback, their current one, has taken notice of the search. However, while the 35-year-old Rivers understands all the reasons why the team is doing their homework on possibly adding another signal-caller, he doesn’t plan on giving up his starting role anytime soon.

“I think it’s to be expected they’re going to get a young guy in the room to try and develop him and groom him,” Rivers told KLSD-AM on Thursday, according to Eric Williams of ESPN. “It doesn’t by any means really affect me. I think it’s healthy for me. … This thing doesn’t last forever. I have to get to playing better and keep this thing going as long as you can.

“As long as I do that, then whoever it is they bring in here, they’re going to sit for a while.”

Rivers – who’s contracted through the 2019 season – said he’s open to helping an incoming rookie, but emphasized that mentoring isn’t one of his main priorities.

“I don’t think it’s my job or anything that I owe somebody,” he said. “But it is nature — coaching — and I like to think I’m pretty charitable in the sense that I like to help people out, share and talk football.

“So I think if a young guy comes in here, I’m not in the top of my mind going to go, ‘Oh, I need to teach this guy.’ And yet, I’m not going to be a recluse and say, ‘Shoot, I’m not helping him out.’ I’m going to share whatever he wants and let him take whatever he likes, and how he can learn to be a pro. So I think it will happen organically without any concerted effort.”

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