4 Chargers in danger of not making regular season roster

By Travis Wakeman
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass in the first quarter of a football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass in the first quarter of a football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Caleb Sturgis

Caleb Sturgis’ shaky position on the roster has been well documented on this ite this summer, as has the kicking position as a whole. If any player on the team needs to have a flawless performance against the Saints on Saturday night, it might be Sturgis.

The Chargers signed Sturgis shortly after the start of the free-agent signing period, inking him to a two-year deal. However, Roberto Aguayo was already on the roster.

Already cut by three teams, Aguayo was just expected to push Sturgis, at the most. However, the former second-round pick has, at least to this point, showed the team he might be the better option.

Sturgis was just the best option on the free-agent market, at least in the eyes of general manager Tom Telesco. There were options in the draft, but the choice was made to go with Sturgis, a kicker who made just 79.5 percent of his kicks in college and had already been released by the Miami Dolphins. An injury forced him out of Philadelphia, as the Eagles chose to move on with Jake Elliott.

But after so many terrible missed kicks last season, seeing Sturgis miss one of his first attempts of the preseason against the Arizona Cardinals had to be a horrible moment for the front office.

He’s not out of the race but right now, Aguayo probably has the lead and the onus is going to be on Sturgis to finish the race strong.

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