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Nick Novak’s back injury forces Chargers punter Drew Kaser to fill in as kicker

By in Press Enterprise on November 24, 2017

By Jack Wang

ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Kaser did not attempt a field goal in high school. He did not attempt a field goal in college. And despite being forced into emergency kicking duties on Thanksgiving, he has yet to attempt a field goal in the NFL.

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The Chargers punter got the first point of his career on Thursday, making one of his three extra-point attempts in a 28-6 win over the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. But when the team faced fourth-and-13 on the Dallas 16-yard line in the second quarter, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn attempted to convert — forgoing a chance at three points.

“Someone told me he was practicing his kicks and he missed the whole damn net,” Lynn said of Kaser. “So I decided to go for it.”

For what it’s worth, Kaser claims he did not miss the whole damn net.

“There was a hole in the net,” he said. “And it went through the hole.”

Tony Romo on Drew Kaser: “Just a bit outside.” pic.twitter.com/IlZiRRoQQS

— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) November 23, 2017

Regardless of where that ball actually went, it’s hard to fault Kaser’s struggles as the replacement kicker. The second-year punter was forced into the role due to Nick Novak’s back injury, one that had limited the veteran kicker during a short week of practices. Clearly hampered, Novak pushed a 35-yarder wide right in the first quarter — his first miss from inside 40 yards since 2014.

Novak made a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, but also missed an extra point for the first time this season.

The Chargers (5-6) turned to Kaser for most of the second half. He made an extra point […]    

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