Before Patriots Game, Chargers Make Unusual Move
The Chargers are underdogs in this Sunday's playoff game against the Patriots, and they just made an unusual move to gain an edge—they signed a second kicker.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Los Angeles signed Nick Rose for the express purpose of handling kickoffs. The reason? The Patriots have a dynamite kick returner in Cordarrelle Patterson, and the Chargers don't want him to touch the ball, explains USA Today.
The problem is regular kicker Michael Badgley doesn't have a great track record when it comes to kicking deep enough to force touchbacks. Rose was waived by the Texans in September 2018, but he kicked for the Chargers and a few other teams before that.
(This Bears kicker was vilified after a big miss, but it may not have been fair.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Before Patriots Game, Chargers Make Unusual Move