Chargers reportedly bringing in new kicker for kickoffs ahead of AFC divisional round

Ryan Hannable
January 10, 2019 - 9:34 am

The Chargers are not messing around this week heading into their meeting with the Patriots this Sunday in the AFC divisional round by looking at every position on their roster.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chargers are signing free agent kicker Nick Rose. The report adds he will be handling the kickoff duties.

Rose, 24, has bounced around the league a lot, but did spend some time with the Chargers in 2017. Most recently, he signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football League just a few weeks ago.

Chargers rookie kicker Michael Badgley has handled kickoffs since taking over for Caleb Sturgis in early November, but hasn't had much success. Badgley recorded touchbacks on just 16.7 percent of his kicks this year, which ranked last in the NFL. Against the Ravens last Sunday, none of his kicks reached the end zone.

This is particularly important against the Patriots, as they had the second-most kick return yards in the NFL this season.

Related: An oral history of the Patriots-Chargers 2006 AFC divisional round classic