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LA Chargers roster: 2021 post-draft 53-man roster predictions

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers during warmups before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers during warmups before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers 53-man roster predictions, special teams:

  • Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Punter: Ty Long
  • Long Snapper: Cole Mazza

I know, the first thing that jumps off the page is the fact that Michael Badgley is still the kicker. I am by no means a Badgley apologist and I will admit that he is not a great NFL kicker and he really hurt the team last season.

However, as things stand today, I cannot say that undrafted free agent Alex Kessman is going to take the job from Badgley. There certainly is the possibility, and a good one at that, but it is going to take a strong camp from Kessman to win that job.

Kessman has a bazooka of a right leg but he also had accuracy problems in college. He made 79.3% of his kicks last year, which was better than Badgley, but it was also the best year of his collegiate career. A 71.3% career rate in college is not the most promising.

Again, if he comes out and wins the kicking battle in camp then it is over for Badgley. As it stands right now, I think it is slightly more likely that Badgley gets the spot while Kessman looms on the practice squad ready to play after Badgley’s first bad game.

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Ty Long is an okay punter and I would have liked to see the team sign Thomas Morstead, but they didn’t. The hope is that it won’t matter and that Long won’t be on the field very often in the 2021 season.

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