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49ers vs. Chargers, preseason Week 4: Brad Sorensen disappears after dismal outing

Photo Credit: Gregory Bull / AP

San Diego Chargers rookie seventh-round pick Brad Sorensen virtually disappeared on the field on Thursday night with his worst performance of the preseason. Then, he literally disappeared after the game.

The seventh-round pick out of Southern Utah was nowhere to be found after a woeful performance that included two interceptions and an outing where he completed just 7-of-18 passes for 44 yards. 

It was a complete 180 from his first three performances, where he’d totaled two touchdowns and zero interceptions in limited action. After looking like the coaching staff would have no choice but to keep him, he now finds himself wondering whether or not he’s taken his last snaps in a Chargers uniform for the time being, perhaps being relegated to the practice squad.

For the first time on a consistent basis, Thursday, he looked like a rookie. 

And just like a young player should be, he was noticeably rattled after Thursday’s debacle of a performance. He struggled with timing, protections and everything in between after being so poised in the weeks prior. There were moments, like when he calmly hit Robert Meachem for four passes in stride. But all night long, the Bolts couldn’t move the ball downfield and struggled in every aspect. 

The bad game wasn’t completely Sorensen’s fault. The protection was bad from the start, and the offensive line struggled to give both Whitehurst and Sorensen enough time to go through their progressions. It’s an area of concern that’s all-too familiar for Chargers fans, and one that needs to be addressed before the regular season commences on Sept. 9. 

“Offensive line is one of the most unique positions where five guys have to be as one,” left tackle Max Starks told Sports Out West after the game. “If one guy messes up, it messes up the flow of the whole group…It does make it tough if you don’t have any continuity.” 

Starks didn’t mince words when he answered questions about his future with the Chargers, knowing that Thursday’s could have been his last snaps in San Diego. 

That’s the harsh reality of the preseason. Players are trying to play for their careers, and often times, they press, causing a bad outcome. In the cases of Starks and Sorensen, they’re two bubble players who could be looking for work in the near future. 

Photo Credit: Gregory Bull / AP

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.