Facing unfavorable weather conditions, the Chargers who have already struggled on kickoffs, are expected to sign Nick Rose to handle kickoffs for the rest of the season.
According to ESPN’s Eric Williams, Los Angeles, which visits New England Sunday at 1 p.m in the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs, the Chargers are signing Rose Thursday.
Rose, 24, has been in and out of organizations during the offseason and training camps since 2016. He played two regular season games for the Chargers and eight for the Redskins in 2017 and made 11 of 14 field goal attempts.
Rookie Michael Badgely is still slated to attempt extra points and field goals for the Chargers, but after achieving touchbacks on just nine of his 54 kickoffs during the regular season, none on six kicks last weekend, Los Angeles brought in help to kick Sunday which is expected to have frigid conditions.
“They have one of the best kick returners that I’ve seen in a long time,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said told ESPN. “So that’s going to be a heck of a challenge for our special teams. It’s a good thing we have one of the better cover units in the league right now, but that’s going to be a heck of a challenge.”
Cordarrelle Patterson averaged 28.8 yards per return during the regular season for New England.
Source: “Los Angeles” – Google News