Chargers sign kicker Travis Coons to active roster, Nick Novak to injured reserve

The Chargers made yet another move at kicker, and will have their third kicker this season start for them against the Browns. Nick Novak has been sent to injured reserve and Travis Coons, who was signed to the practice squad earlier this week, was promoted to the active roster.

Novak injured his back in the Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys and appeared to be making progress in his recovery. He recently returned to a full practice session so him heading to injured reserve is a bit of a surprise. It's possible he suffered a setback in practice.

Coons will be making his Chargers debut against his old team. Coons' only regular season experience came in 2015 with the Browns when he was 28-32 on field goals. Despite missing only four kicks, he missed both of his attempts from 50+ yards.

Kicker has been probably the least stable position for the Chargers this year. Undrafted rookie Younghoe Koo won the job in training camp this year, beating out last year's starter Josh Lambo. He struggled and missed a couple of huge kicks in the first couple weeks of the season and was cut in favor of Novak. Now after just a couple of weeks, during which he struggled mightily also, Novak is giving way to coons.

However Coons does, it would be pretty hard to be worse than what the Chargers have managed in the kicking game so far. They're dead last in the NFL in field goal percentage at 63.2%. The league average is 84.1%.


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