The Chargers wildly ineffective veteran kicker, Caleb Sturgis, is apparently at risk of missing the week 6 contest against the Cleveland Browns. The team reportedly intends to deal with this problem by signing a second kicker to the active roster.
With veteran kicker Caleb Sturgis nursing a strained quad, the Chargers are signing free agent kicker Mike Badgley, league sources tell @FieldYates and me. Sturgis will not be cut, however, as the Chargers will carry two kickers on their active roster.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2018
Mike Badgley has never attempted a field goal during a regular season NFL game. He played for the University of Miami during his college career and was mostly successful. He converted on 25 of 30 field goal attempts as a sophomore, 21 of 26 as a junior, and 17 of 23 as a senior. Those numbers are not impressive, but they are passable.
One hesitates to say they hope the Chargers do not need to use the rookie kicker because Sturgis has been so unreliable, but one hopes the Chargers do not need to rely on him this weekend. It is impossible to know what Badgley might do in his first taste of NFL experience, but hopefully, if he gets it with the Chargers, he will find success.