4 Chargers who must lay it all the line Thursday night

By Travis Wakeman
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers prepares to sanp the football during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers prepares to sanp the football during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Caleb Sturgis #6 and Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles play against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Caleb Sturgis #6 and Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles play against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Caleb Sturgis, Kicker

That’s right, it’s not Roberto Aguayo who needs to put it all on the line, it’s Caleb Sturgis. If both players do about the same or there’s no clear winer by the end of the night Thursday, one would have to assume that Aguayo is going to win the kicking competition.

It was Sturgis who was given the two-year deal this offseason and it’s been Sturgis who hasn’t been able to create separation from Aguayo, who is already kicking for his fourth NFL team.

Sturgis hasn’t been terrible, but the one field goal he missed this preseason is currently looming large. Both kickers have gotten their chances in practices and it seems that the race is pretty much a dead heat.

But for Sturgis, the man who got the contract, he should have pulled away by now and the team should have been able to move o from Aguayo.

But let’s not sell Aguayo short. He was a former second-round pick largely due to the fact that he was one of the most impressive kickers to come from the college ranks in some time. Maybe he’s just a late bloomer? Maybe the Chargers are getting the kicker the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thought they drafted?

One thing is for sure. Fans should watch intently with every kick that is made on Thursday night, regardless of who is kicking. One great kick or one ugly miss could decide the competition.

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