5 things for Los Angeles Chargers to be thankful for in 2018

By Travis Wakeman
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown past Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown past Bradley McDougald #30 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Kicker Caleb Sturgis #6 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a field goal to trail 14-6 in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Kicker Caleb Sturgis #6 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a field goal to trail 14-6 in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Chargers have had perhaps the worst string of placekickers in the history of the National Football League over the last couple of seasons. One could argue that poor kicking cost them a playoff spot last year.

That was supposed to change with the offseason signing of Caleb Sturgis, but if anything, it got worse. He couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn and after missing a field goal and two extra points in the Seattle game, he was sent packing.

Here’s a crazy stat. Since the beginning of the 2017 season, the Chargers have made just 34 of their 48 field goal attempts. Even worse is the fact that out of 63 extra point attempts, they’ve missed nine of them. Six of those misses were by Sturgis.

But one kicker, out of the six the team has used since the start of last season, has been perfect. That kicker is Mike Badgley.

Though he hasn’t had a chance to show whether or not he can come through in the clutch or boot a long field goal of 50 yards or more, he’s not hurting the team by missing kicks. With any luck, that will continue.

Of course, it’s been a roller-coaster ride for the Chargers since they decided to go with Younghoe Koo over Josh Lambo last season. Lambo, by the way, has been steady and reliable for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There’s going to come a time this season when the Chargers need a clutch kick. They’ll be thankful they have a kicker who can make that kick, at least they hope.

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