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LA Chargers: Five changes to make heading into the bye

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after losing 30-27 to the New Orleans Saints during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after losing 30-27 to the New Orleans Saints during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

5. Kicking competition for Michael Badgley

Cutting Michael Badgley outright would be an overreaction. However, there has to be some plan for his struggles with accuracy. In a dome with no fans, there’s no excuse to miss an extra point and a 50-yard field goal that was beautifully set up by Mike Williams.

Some have suggested letting Ty Long handling field goal duties, but he was pretty iffy when it came to handling that role when Badgley was injured in 2019. Plus, he shouldn’t have to be the entire special teams anyway. The real solution would be working out some kickers.

There’s not a ton of great options available right now, but the Bolts should just be looking for someone to push Badgley, not necessarily someone who has to beat him out.

Steven Hauschka is looking for work after recently having a long tenure with the Bills and a minor stint with Jacksonville. Roberto Aguayo has some experience with the Chargers’ organization from a few preseasons ago.

Even someone like Adam Vinatieri who is looking for one more chance at an advanced age could show some motivation.

Any way you slice it, there are still plenty of talented kickers who would love to get a shot. Even if they don’t get the job, they would put their names in the hat for future kicker openings.

Next. Pros and Cons of the Week 6 bye

It makes all the sense in the world for the LA Chargers to bring in some competition for Badgley over the next few weeks. A low risk, high reward move to push the Money Badger could have good results.

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