Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: 4 rookies who have biggest impact in 2021

Cornerback Asante Samuel, Jr. #26 of the Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Cornerback Asante Samuel, Jr. #26 of the Florida State Seminoles (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Place Kicker Alex Kessman #97 (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Place Kicker Alex Kessman #97 (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

No. 3: LA Chargers K Alex Kessman

Any team’s most impactful rookies don’t always have to be high-profile NFL Draft picks.

This could easily be the case for the LA Chargers’ newest kicker, Pitt’s Alex Kessman, who was brought aboard as one of those 10 UDFA players after the draft.

Right now, Los Angeles has two other kickers on the roster, Tristan Vizcaino and Michael Badgley, the latter being the Chargers’ primary option last year. But Bolt Beat’s Jason Reed broke down the specific problems the LA Chargers faced with Badgley and how the kicker could be holding special teams back:

The signs of Badgley’s fall from grace were telling. Before he started missing kicks on a routine basis, we covered why the Chargers had an undercover kicking problem. Like clockwork, that problem started to show the light of day.

The big telling sign was the team’s hesitancy to use Badgley on long-range field goals. Badgley has not proven to have a great leg. He has made just three of nine attempts from 50+ yards and was 2-6 last season.

Kessman, meanwhile, was a virtual automatic on his extra-point attempts and posted a career 72.6 field-goal percentage over his four-year career.

More importantly, though, Kessman has a powerful leg and shouldn’t have trouble developing into someone who can regularly make those 50-yard field goals.

The hope here? No more of those lost games because of missed field goals.

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