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March 16, 2018

Report: Chargers expected to sign former Eagles K Caleb Sturgis

Former Philadelphia Eagles kicker Caleb "Power Struge" Sturgis is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Sturgis was a good kicker during his tenure with the Eagles. He had a nice season in 2016 after soundly beating out Cody Parkey in training camp, and had very good numbers that season:

 Caleb Sturgis20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ 
 201611/11 11/11 7/10 4/6 

Sturgis was perfect from inside of 40, going for 22/22, although he did miss one PAT (27/28). On the season as a whole, Sturgis was 33/38, or 86.8 percent, which was good for 10th in the NFL. He also improved every year:

Caleb Sturgis FG percentage 
2013 76.5% 
2014 78.4% 
2015 81.8% 
2016 86.8% 

He also did a great job on kickoffs in 2016, lofting kicks with good hang time, allowing the Eagles' coverage units to get down the field to almost always make tackles shy of the touchback mark at the 25-yard line. In fact, opposing teams averaged 19.1 yards per kick return, which was second-lowest in the NFL.

In 2017, Sturgis was placed on IR with a quad injury suffered Week 1 against the Redskins. He was replaced by Jake Elliott, who proceeded to take a stranglehold of Sturgis' job.

The Eagles kept Sturgis on their roster for the entirety of the 2017 season, and as a result, Sturgis could qualify toward the compensatory pick formula, as we noted earlier this morning, depending on the terms of his contract.

UPDATE: Chargers announced: