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Chargers Make Punter Switch; Sign Donnie Jones


The Los Angeles Chargers made a punter switch on Tuesday, signing longtime stalwart Donnie Jones while waiving Drew Kaser.

The 38-year old Jones is one of the top punters over the last two decades, and returns for his 15th season in 2018 after temporarily retiring. He announced his intention to hang up his cleats after winning the Super Bowl last year with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he had a change of heart, and now joins the Bolts.

Jones has booted 1,110 punts over his career for 50,500 total yards and 44,141 net yards, which averages out to 45.5 yards per punt with a net average of 39.8. Jones has also landed 364 punts inside the 20 and has a career-long of 80 yards. He previously teamed up with Chargers kicker Caleb Sturgis while with the Eagles, serving as his holder.

A two-time second-team All-Pro selection, the LSU product initially entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick (224th overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2004 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans before joining the Eagles in 2013.

Meanwhile, Kaser was the team's sixth-round pick (179th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft. He punted the ball 13 times through the Bolts' first four games, averaging 48.4 gross yards per punt with a net average of 35.4. Kaser appeared in 36 games over three seasons for the Chargers, totaling 146 punts for 47.4 gross yards per punt and a net average of 40.4.

In addition, the Bolts made a change on the practice squad, adding beef to the offensive line by signing 6-6, 319-pound tackle Jamar McGloster to the practice squad. To make room, the team waived DT Steven Richardson.

The undrafted rookie out of Syracuse is fresh off a standout career for the Orange. He appeared in 30 games from 2014-17, starting 24 in a row at right tackle over his final two seasons. McGloster recorded 12 pancake blocks as a senior while playing the second most snaps (1,024) on the team. He was an instrumental piece to a Syracuse offense that ranked second in the ACC in passing (294.8 yards per game) and third in total offense (456.3 ypg). As a result, he earned an invitation to the 2018 East-West Shrine Game.

After going undrafted, McGloster initially signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He was waived in late July, and subsequently joined the Detroit Lions, where he suited up for two preseason games.

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