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Chargers Claim K Nick Rose Off Waivers

The Los Angeles Chargers have made another kicker change.

The team announced on Monday that they've claimed Nick Rose off waivers from the Washington Redskins.  To make room, the team waived Travis Coons, who converted seven of eight attempts over three games for the Bolts.

A rookie out of Texas, Rose appeared in eight games this season for Washington, making 10 of 11 field goals including a long of 55.  His lone miss was a block.

"I thought Travis did some good things," Head Coach Anthony Lynn said when he announced the change.  "The week before last, he was 100-percent.  (Saturday) night he did miss an extra point, but I thought his leg strength was a little short on the kickoffs leg-strength wise.  When Nick became available, we wanted to take a look at him. We're looking for a kicker we can keep around here for a few years.  So right now, we're just kind of looking and evaluating guys. It doesn't mean Travis can't come back if Nick doesn't work out, but we liked the job that Nick did in Washington."

Rose becomes the team's fourth kicker this season following Younghoe Koo, Nick Novak and Coons.  He'll also be the fifth player to attempt a kick after punter Drew Kaser converted one of three extra points in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The kicker switch wasn't the only move the Bolts made on Monday as they brought back James Onwualu to the practice squad.  Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame, the linebacker appeared in nine games this season, making his biggest contribution on special teams with nine tackles.  He was waived on Saturday when the team made room for CB Craig Mager.

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