The Los Angeles Chargers added a new kicker on Thursday, signing Michael Badgley while waiving WR JJ Jones. The Bolts now have two kickers on the roster as Badgley joins Caleb Sturgis.
Badgley most recently spent the past four years serving as the kicker for the Miami Hurricanes from 2014-2017. He locked down the job as a true freshman, and over his career made 77 of 97 attempts (79.4 percent) with a long of 57. Badgley proved to have good accuracy, connecting on 24 of 26 career attempts between 40-49 yards. As a senior a year ago, he made 17 of 23 attempts with a long of 50.
The 5-10, 183-pound kicker initially signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts after going undrafted this past April. He appeared in all four preseason games this summer, making all five field goals, including a long of 51 yards. He also connected on all five extra point attempts.
Meanwhile, the Bolts waived Jones after he appeared in three games, primarily serving as the team’s kickoff and punt returner. He averaged 23 yards on three kickoff returns as well as 4.8 yards on five punt returns.