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Los Angeles Chargers: Team awards at midway point of season

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Drew Kaser #8 of the Los Angeles Chargers kicks the ball from the end zone during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Los Angeles defeats Buffalo 31-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Drew Kaser #8 of the Los Angeles Chargers kicks the ball from the end zone during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Los Angeles defeats Buffalo 31-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Biggest Disappointment- Cutting Drew Kaser

Not every award handed out at midseason is a positive one, and every team goes through some tough spots and disappointments during a season.

I still hate the move to release punter Drew Kaser as much as I did when I wrote this since the decision was made based on Kaser’s ability as a placeholder, not a punter. Sure, maybe he should have been a little more aware when his punt was blocked against the Los Angeles Rams, but he’s a better punter than Donnie Jones.

Jones hasn’t been horrible, averaging about 41 yards per punt on the season, but he hasn’t been great either. Kaser was averaging over 48 yards per kick and he’s also about 13 years younger than the well-traveled Jones.

Now, if you see punters as a dime a dozen, this might not matter. But Kaser was a guy who should have been with the organization for the next decade, especially because Sturgis hasn’t been any better at kicking with Jones as the holder.

The Chargers were desperate to solve their kicking issues and this seemed like a panic move.

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