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5 Los Angeles Chargers who won’t be with the team in 2019

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates with teammate Jahleel Addae #37 after a second half interception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates with teammate Jahleel Addae #37 after a second half interception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G Aiken/Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Donnie Jones #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Donnie Jones #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Donnie Jones

Did he hold the ball better on field goal and extra-point attempts than Drew Kaser? I guess we would have to defer to the team on that one, but he certainly didn’t kick the ball better than him.

The Chargers made a strange decision early last season to replace Kaser as the team’s punter based largely on the fact that the team couldn’t kick field goals, and he was the holder. They replaced him with a guy who had retired in Donnie Jones, mainly because Jones was familiar with Caleb Sturgis.

Sturgis still couldn’t kick field goals and was dropped shortly thereafter, but the team held onto Jones, who punted the ball like you would expect a 38-year old to punt the ball.

His average of42.3 yards was the second-lowest of his career and his net average of 38 yards per punt was the fourth-lowest number he had posted in 16 seasons.

How could the Chargers replace him? Several ways, really.

They could take a punter in the last round of the draft, sign one as an undrafted free agent or even give thought to bringing Kaser back. If not, Shane Tripucka, who was on the roster last summer, might not be a terrible option.

Any of these guys could give the team what Jones did last year.

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