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[Social Robotics] [default] Will we actually see an end to the Chargers’ kicker

Sethu Vijayakumar
 The Los Angeles Chargers have had a kicking problem for a while. It has gotten worse the last two seasons resulting in a head to head kicking battle in training camp this year between veteran kicker Caleb Sturgis Joe Barksdale Jerseys Stitched , and already crowned “draft bust” Roberto Aguayo. This battle seems to have been pretty back and forth so far. 2 weeks ago Aguayo was winning the competition in practice, converting more of his attempts than Sturgis. Then the first preseason game happened and Sturgis missed a 41 yard FG attempt. Which brings us to this week and Sturgis converted all 7 of his attempts in practice yesterday (all the way out to 54 yards) while Aguayo took a step back and only converted 4 of 7 attempts. In Sturgis’ defense, he has apparently been dealing with some leg soreness, although the team is now saying he is good to go. Aguayo is slated to be the kicker in the second preseason game this Saturday so we will see how he does in a game situation, if the team is able to give him some opportunities to attempt some kicks. This will be important because head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed yesterday he values game kicking performance over practice kicking. Which makes sense. However, Lynn also said something that makes much less sense.“Is there a possibility of carrying two kickers?” Lynn - “Thats a possibility as well. No doubt”“As in two kickers on the active roster, not one on the practice squad?”Lynn - “I’ve had two kickers before”“How would that work?”Lynn - “Well you’re gonna take a hit somewhere else so you better be deep at another position”I am not a fan of even considering carrying two kickers right now. First of all, I don’t think the Chargers are deep enough at any position to “take a hit” there. They’d never do it Youth Keenan Allen Jerseys , but to me the most viable option there would be to just carry Philip Rivers on the active roster because, let’s be honest here, if Rivers goes down, thats a wrap. Second of all, what does carrying two questionable kickers solve? The only scenario that makes sense for carrying two kickers is the one like Lynn described where you have a reliable, accurate field goal kicker, and a kick off specialist. Hopefully over the next three preseason games, one of these two kickers really stands out and makes this an easy decision. If it continues to be back and forth Keenan Allen Jerseys Stitched , Lynn might be tempted to keep both guys, and that’s the wrong answer. The NFLPA released cap rollover allocations for the upcoming year"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections San Diego Chargers Daily LinksSan Diego Chargers NewsSan Diego Chargers OffseasonSan Diego Chargers HistorySan Diego Chargers HumorLos Angeles Chargers NewsThe Chargers carry-over $1M unused cap space for 2019New,13commentsThe NFLPA released cap rollover allocations for the upcoming yearPSTShareTweetShareShareThe Chargers carry-over $1M unused cap space for 2019Although not necessarily news in its own right, the official numbers for cap rollover have been released by the NFLPA. With the 2018 league year all but over, each team is given the opportunity to elect how much of their unused cap space they will carry over into the 2019 season.It is customary for each team to accept 100% of the cap allocation, as it gives those teams more wiggle room for the coming year. The only negative to accepting the rollover would be that the team would be required to spend 89% of the total cap space. However, that 89% threshold is spread over a 4-year period, currently ending in 2020. With that sort of long-term sprucing possible Youth Forrest Lamp Jerseys , there is effectively no downside to accepting the rollover. Unfortunately, the Chargers will only have an extra $1M to add to the 2019 cap. The 2018 salary cap was set at $177.2M, and the next cap could rise to around $191M if rumors are to be believed. Although they can clear additional space through cuts and trades, those are moves that will wait until the new league year that begins in March.The Chargers had an expensive team in 2018, and their cap rollover is no surprise. In fact, only two teams in the entire league will have less rollover than the Chargers will enjoy: The LA Rams ($466K) and the Kansas City Chiefs ($715K). The Indianapolis Colts lead the NFL with an absurd $110.8 million and the New York Jets are second with $93.8 million. The Brown are projected to be third in the league with over $82.4 million. These will be the heavy hitters in free agency, while the Chargers have little choice but to sit and watch the action from afar.-Jason “The Cap’n is on deck” Michaels
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