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How Chargers can address biggest remaining weaknesses

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Seantrel Henderson #66 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with the fans after the game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Seantrel Henderson #66 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with the fans after the game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 15: Tyler Newsome #85 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish punts against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018, in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 15: Tyler Newsome #85 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish punts against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018, in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Current starter: Tyler Newsome

Punter isn’t a huge weakness and is only considered to be in that category because the main punter on the roster is an undrafted free agent. Newsome showed off a strong leg at Notre Dame and could very well end up working out wonderfully, it just remains to be seen.

If the Chargers aren’t sold on him as the punter of the future, there are some options out there.

Free agent: Drew Kaser

This is unlikely, but the Chargers could always go back to the punter they had at this time last season. It’s still pretty weird that he was ever released but at the same time, he remains a free agent and has been given a chance by two different teams since his days in Los Angeles came to an end, so maybe there is something to it.

However, when he was released by the Bolts, he was among the league leaders in terms of net-yard average per punt.

Trade with Cleveland Browns

Teams don’t often trade for punters and this is an unlikely scenario, but trades at this juncture of the season are always on the table.

Reports out of Cleveland are that undrafted rookie Jamie Gillan looks good thus far and could push the veteran Britton Colquitt. The Chargers could part with their seventh-round pick in next year’s draft, one that many hope will be one of the last picks in the draft anyway, in order to get an experienced veteran on the roster.

If Gillan is in line to win the job, why wouldn’t the Browns attempt to get something for him rather than just dumping him?

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