The Los Angeles Chargers added a second kicker to the roster on Friday by signing Nick Rose, who appeared in two games with the team in 2017. To make room, the team waived running back Troymaine Pope
On Friday, Head Coach Anthony Lynn made it clear that Rose was brought in for kickoffs as the Patriots boast one of the most dangerous returners in the league, Cordarrelle Patterson.
"Our coverage (units), they’ve been outstanding, but they cover kicks every single week," Lynn said. The guy that we’re facing, Patterson, I think he’s one of the best in the business. If we can kick the ball in the end zone a little bit, that may help...(Rose has) a strong leg. If we have to use him in a field goal situation if something happens to our kicker, we're confident he can kick field goals, but he has a strong kickoff leg and that’s what we were looking at."
Rose has appeared in 10 games over his career for the Bolts and Washington Redskins, converting 11 of 14 field goal attempts (78.6 percent) with a long of 55. In addition, 32 of his 47 career kickoffs have been for touchbacks, including eight-of-nine last year for the Chargers (88.9 percent).
Rose is the second kicker currently on the Bolts’ roster, joining Badgley, who has been money for the Bolts on field goals and extra points. The undrafted rookie just set franchise postseason records last week against the Baltimore Ravens for single-game points (15) and field goals (five). In addition, Badgley set a team record for the best single-season field goal percentage (93.8) by a kicker during the regular season with at least 15 made field goals.