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Chargers sign kicker JJ Molson to the practice squad

The rookie out of UCLA was a four-year starter for the Bruins

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Cal at UCLA Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Friday afternoon, the Chargers announced the signing of kicker JJ Molson to the practice squad. In a corresponding move, they released running back Derrick Gore.

The 6’1, 197-pound Molson was a four-year starter for the Bruins from 2016 to 2019. He hit home on 51-of-74 field goal attempts, good for a 69% conversion rate. In his senior season, he went 8-for-14 with a long of 49. His career-long was a 50-yarder in 2018.

This announcement comes just a few days after the team announced the signing of a second punter to their practice squad. After almost a season full of special teams blunders and underwhelming performances, the coaching staff may finally be at a point where they’re considering all options.

Even so, Anthony Lynn told the media on Friday that he still has “all the confidence in the world” in Michael Bagley, even after he missed his third PAT of the season and his eighth kick, overall.

As of right now, I don’t think any significant moves will be made anytime soon, but the presence of competition for both special teams spots means that things are potentially coming to a boil here soon.