Los Angeles Chargers cut the struggling kicker Tristan Vizcaino, signs veteran Dustin Hopkins

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The Los Angeles Chargers, who insisted they were safe on kicker Tristan Vizcaino despite his league-high five missed PATs this season, cut him Tuesday and signed former Washington Football Team kicker Dustin Hopkins.

It’s another chapter in the seemingly endless kicker saga that the Chargers have gone through since Michael Badgley, the self-proclaimed “money badger” who was 24 of 33 on field goal attempts last season, lost a competition with Vizcaino before the start of This season.

The Chargers had stuck with Vizcaino through his struggles with coach Brandon Staley trying to work through technical issues he thought were the problem.

Vizcaino was the first kicker since Minnesota’s Fred Cox in 1974 to miss five extra point attempts in a team’s first six games.

Hopkins was released by Washington earlier this month after kicking a total of 93 games from 2015 to 2021. Originally a sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2013, he converted 12 of 14 attempts for Washington this season with one at 50 plus yards. He also converted 10 of his 12 extra point attempts. Hopkins has made 84% of his field goal attempts over the course of his career and was Washington’s leader in field goal rate.

Hopkins will be the 11th kicker to fit Los Angeles since 2017 when it meets New England on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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