Nick Rose is newest name on Chargers’ kicker carousel
By Jack Wang
COSTA MESA — Forty different kickers have attempted at least one field goal during the 2017 NFL season. Ten percent of them have had their own locker at Hoag Performance Center, the Chargers’ practice headquarters.
The Chargers claimed Nick Rose off waivers on Monday, making him their fourth full-time placekicker this season. With just two regular-season games left, the Texas alum will continue living out of a hotel through December. If the team claws its way into the playoffs, he’ll look for more permanent accommodations.
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Both parties hope their relationship will last even longer.
“We’re looking for a kicker we can keep around here for a few years,” Coach Anthony Lynn said.
Earlier this month, Rose still thought he had a chance to earn such a role on the other side of the country.
He made his NFL regular-season debut on Oct. 23 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, the first of eight appearances as a temporary replacement for Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins — who was sidelined by a strained right hip. He got on the board with a 27-yard field goal less than four minutes into the game, and added three extra points before the day was done.
Over two months, Rose made 10 of 11 field goals, including a 55-yarder against the Vikings in Week 10. It was only his second try from […]