3. Josh Lambo
Josh Lambo is actually on the injured reserve right now but it does appear as if he will return this season. Again, we are not taking the injured version of Lambo, we are taking what he has been since he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars — the best kicker in football.
I am not being hyperbolic. Since the Chargers let go of him, Lambo has arguably been the best kicker in the league. Lambo has made 74 of 78 field goals (94.9%) in four years with Jacksonville and 66 of 71 extra points (93%). He does not have a booming leg, but has hit multiple field goals over 55 yards.
Michael Badgley is a fine kicker but I am not as high on him as some Charger fans are. Badgley has made a really respectable 85.7% of his field goals since joining the Bolts, so he is not in bad shape. However, he does not have that great of a leg.
The team has openly expressed in the past that they have worries about Badgley’s ability in kicking off and in his career the Chargers have only allowed him to kick four 50+ yard field goals (he is 1/4).
Lambo is 11 of 12 from 50+ yards.
We see that in the playcalling as well. There are times where the Chargers do not need to get a first down and can simply break off 10 yards or so to get into field goal range (like in Week 3 on third and 20) and instead seem to go for these big chunk plays to get the first down.
To me, Anthony Lynn has shown his hand and has shown that he does not trust Badley from distance. Badgley is money from within 40 yards. Outside of that, it gets a bit shaky.