The Chargers are re-signing Badgley, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Badgley is coming off a disastrous season, having converted just 73 percent of his field-goal attempts (worst among all kickers who attempted 30 or more field goals in 2020), including just two of six tries from 50-plus yards out. The team also signed placekicker Tristan Vizcaino earlier this month, and more competition for Badgley could surface as the offseason progresses.
Badgley made all four of his extra points in the Week 17 win over the Chiefs. He finished the season with a 72.7 field-goal percentage across 33 attempts and also missed three of his 39 extra-point attempts. The third-year kicker might be on thin ice after posting the third-worst field-goal percentage among kickers who attempted 30 or more field goals this season. Missed game winners and extra points plagued Badgley throughout the season to the point where head coach Anthony Lynn repeatedly questioned his kicker's confidence in post-game pressers. What's worse, the 25-year-old's trademark big leg was nowhere to be found as Badgley connected on just two of his six attempts from 50-plus yards, bringing his career total to a paltry 3-of-9. Los Angeles will almost surely bring in some form of competition during the offseason in an effort to fix its long-standing issues with special teams.
Badgley made all four of his field-goal attempts as well as his only extra-point try in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Broncos. Badgley converted from 37, 43, 25 and 37 yards on his respective field goals, with his final one clinching victory for the Chargers with just under a minute remaining. After recent miscues, Badgley will be pleased by his performance Sunday, which also netted him a season-high 13 points. He'll now aim to close the season strong in Week 17 versus the Chiefs.
Badgley made just one of his three field-goal attempts but made both of his extra points in Thursday's 30-27 win over the Raiders. Both of Badgley's misses came within the final four minutes of the game with the score deadlocked at 24-24. Each attempt pushed slightly left, including a 51-yard try with just under a minute left to play. As a result of Thursday's contest, the 25-year-old has slipped below 70 percent in terms of made kicks, but with two games left to play it's hard to imagine the Chargers will make a change.
Badgley converted both of his field-goal attempts and also knocked home both extra points in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons. For as dreadful of a season the Chargers' special teams has had, it was nice to see them reverse fortune for at least one week. For just the second time in the last six weeks, Badgley converted two field goals, including the game-winning attempt from 43 yards out and the kicker connected on all of his extra-point attempts. Whether Sunday's game-winner will boost Badgley's confidence or just simply be one bright spot in a dreary year remains to be seen, but the 25-year-old will get a chance to add to the story Thursday in a solid matchup against the Raiders.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Washington Football Team||15||7.12|
|3||09/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||6.37|
|4||10/04||Las Vegas Raiders||27||8.88|
|8||10/31||New England Patriots||9||6.63|
|14||12/12||New York Giants||22||7.94|
|15||12/16||Kansas City Chiefs||5||6.37|
|18||01/09||@Las Vegas Raiders||27||8.88|