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3 kickers that would have been better options than Badgley

NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after making a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )
NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after making a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )
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NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after making a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )
NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio #2 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after making a field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) )

Giorgio Tavecchio

The former kicker for the Oakland Raiders was a surprise cut this summer, but head coach Jon Gruden basically admitted that the move was made because Tavecchio is a lefty and their rookie kicker, Eddy Pinerio, is right footed.

The idea was that if the Raiders brought in another right-footed kicker, it would help the operation and ease the injured Pineiro in when he is ready to play.

Tavecchio was a solid kicker for the Raiders last season and helped convince the organization to move on from longtime kicker Sebastian Janikowski. On the season, he made 16 of his 21 field goals and missed just one of his 34 point-after-touchdown attempts.

Born in Milan, Italy, Tavecchio played at California in Berkeley before spending time with multiple NFL franchises. However, his time spent with the Raiders last year should have earned him another shot and he could come to Los Angeles ready to show the fans an improvement.

Maybe a lefty can put the ball in between the uprights at StubHub Center? No? Well, it would be worth a shot to find out.

If the Chargers decide that Badgley isn’t a great fit and Sturgis continues his slump or his injury continues to nag him, Tavecchio’s name should be on a list of potential contacts.

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