Nick Novak’s back injury forces Chargers punter Drew Kaser to fill in as kicker
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.
Chargers preserve playoff hopes with Thanksgiving road win over Cowboys
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 […]