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Ty Long, brought in for versatility, will be tested early

Well, this is why he’s here

NFL: Preseason-Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the Los Angeles Chargers’ kicker Michael Badgley out with a groin injury today, the former Canadian Football League Punter/Place Kicker Ty Long will handle both Punting and Kicking duties today. With Long doing the kicking, backup QB Tyrod Taylor will be the holder.

With the history the Chargers have around kicking issues, that tweet is the opposite of encouraging. However, Ty Long was a kicker first and a punter second in the CFL. He converted 87.7% of his FGs, with a long of 52 in the CFL. The whole reason that Tom Telesco and the Chargers brought him in in the first place was this versatility to both Kick and Punt.

It does create the terrifying scenario where if he gets hurt today, the team will have to ask which of their players stayed at a holiday inn express or watched a youtube trick shot kicking video last night.

So, good luck to Ty-Ty.