Ty Long was a great find
Written off as a “camp leg” by most before the season even started, Long knows how to get the job done when his number is called.
Long, who easily won the team’s punting job in training camp, had to pull double duty in the season opener. There had to be a collective deep breath from Chargers fans when it was revealed that Michael Badgley would miss the game with a groin injury.
Here we go again, right?
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It would be tough to blame Chargers fans for being nervous as to how Long taking over as the team’s placekicker would go. After all, the last time a punter had to kick field goals for the team, he missed the practice net on the sidelines.
On top of that, players such as Nick Novak, Travis Coons, Roberto Aguayo, Younghoe Koo, Nick Rose and Caleb Sturgis have all been brought in to kick for the team. They have all failed, usually miserably.
Who would have thought that Long would out-kick Adam Vinatieri?
Long not only succeeded, he thrived. He blasted all of his extra-point attempts through the uprights and effortlessly made a 40-yard field goal. Wow, kickers who can make kicks, what a concept.
Take all the time you need, Badgley, Long will not only keep the seat warm, he’ll put points on the board.