Chargers workout quarterback

The San Diego Chargers have brought in a quarterback for a private visit and workout at their Murphy Canyon facility.

After trading Drew Brees this off-season, the thinking has been that they would eventually select a quarterback in the NFL Draft, one who would develop as their third-string option behind Philip Rivers and A.J. Feeley. has confirmed that Oregon Kellen Clemens worked out for the team on Thursday, April 13.

The quarterbacks coach in San Diego is former Oregon assistant coach John Ramsdell.

Clemens fractured his ankle on October 22 of his senior year, ending his campaign. At the NFL Combines he reported to be 75-80 percent but also noted that the doctors he met with all were optimistic about his health.

"I think by Draft Day I should be back to 100 percent," he said.

One thing that has never affected the quarterback is dropping back and throwing, ironically enough. Coming to San Diego two months later, Clemens was eager to show his health was not an issue and his arm was as strong as ever.

Since the combines, he has worked hard on resistance training and a lot of calf raises to put himself in the best condition possible with minicamps a few short weeks away.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect was on pace for a record setting year prior to the injury. He completed 185-of-289 passes, 64 percent, for 2,406 yards with 19 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He also added 228 yards rushing and led the nation in total offense from the quarterback position at the time he was injured.

He was one game away from breaking nearly all of Oregon's offensive passing records.

Clemens is considered a smart quarterback - in the Rivers, Brees mold - who excels in the short passing game and makes good decisions. Coming off injury, he would fit in well in a learning role with a chance at becoming the number two down the road.

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