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LA Chargers: Final 53 man roster prediction after the preseason

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Tristan Vizcaino
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Special Teams specialists: K Tristan Vizcaino, P Ty Long, LS Matt Overton (3)

The spot of controversy here is all about the kicker. Tristan Vizcaino and Michael Badgley's kicking competition has produced no clear winner. Vizcaino seemed like he was in clear command of the competition before going 3-6 on the final day of scrimmages against the Niners. Against Seattle, he missed a 47-yard field goal.

Michael Badgley did not get an opportunity to kick in the second half as the offense sputtered for really most of the game. Honestly, you could flip a coin and have probably about the same odds as predicting the Chargers' kicker correctly.

The reasons I do lean towards Vizcaino at this point are that the Chargers had him go first against Seattle combined with the fact that Badgley is not listed under kickoff duties for the Chargers on their depth chart. Special teams coordinator Derius Swinton put a clear focus on having a kicker that could do both earlier in the offseason.

Honestly, at this point, it wouldn't shock me if the kicker was neither Vizcaino nor Badgley. Joey Slye is available after Ryan Santoso won the kicking competition in Carolina. There will be a few other interesting options to look at after further cuts by teams. Vizcaino is purely just a guess on my part based on what we know so far.

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Ty Long is the only punter on the roster after the release of Lachlan Edwards earlier this preseason. Long snapper Matt Overton seems to be the final core ST specialist after he was signed. Cole Mazza has not practiced with a shoulder injury this week. Overton took all of the long snapper reps against San Francisco last week.