Chargers Bring Back Novak

Former Bolts kicker, San Diego native re-signs with his hometown team

After Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Eagles, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn hinted that some changes could be made after the team’s 0-4 start.

On Thursday the Bolts made the bold move of switching kickers, a position that had had nothing to do with the last two losses. Undrafted rookie Younghoe Koo was waived after a shaky start. But the guy they’re bringing in is someone Chargers fans from San Diego might actually be able to root for.

Nick Novak is back with the Bolts. The East County native and current Del Cerro resident kicked for the Chargers from 2011 to 2014. During that time he made 86% of his kicks and only missed one extra point, making him one of the most accurate kickers in franchise history (just 0.7% behind Nate Kaeding).

But before the 2015 season the team decided they wanted to give Josh Lambo a try. Lambo had a bigger leg, which helped on kickoffs, but his accuracy (and attitude) was a problem.

Lambo was beaten out in training camp this year by Koo but the youngster from Georgia Southern has struggled when it counts. He missed a pair of field goal tries in a Week 2 loss to the Dolphins and has only made three of six attempts (one block was not his fault).

Typically if NFL teams make roster moves they do them early in the week but the Chargers decided to bring Novak in for a workout on Thursday. He will make his most recent Chargers debut on Sunday in New York against the Giants.

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