No. 4: Punter Ty Long
Long has been with the Chargers since 2019 and has done it all when it comes to special teams for the Bolts. In his Chargers career, the former UAB Blazer has started 49 contests and has averaged 47.1 yards per punt along with a seasonal average of 13 downed inside the 20-yard line.
In fact, after his NFL debut performance, he was named the 2019 Week 1 AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Long has also kicked field goals (7 for 9), made extra points and has never missed a game for Los Angeles.
So with this consistent track record, Long now has to face competition this offseason from new addition J.K. Scott. A towering athlete for his position (Scott is six-foot-five), the former Alabama standout was signed this offseason by Los Angeles to compete with Long for the starting punter job.
A two-time first-team All-SEC selection, Scott is looking for redemption after his career with the Green Bay Packers was cut short prior to the 2021 season. Currently acknowledged as the starter on ESPN, Scott will have to battle the incumbent Long throughout training camp.
With special teams being such a thorn in the Bolts’ side over the past couple of years, this will be an important position to shore up prior to the 2022 season opener.