Like almost every team does in almost every game, the Chargers used their punter as their holder on field goals on Sunday against the Raiders. It did not go well.
Chargers punter Drew Kaser dropped the snap on a game-tying field goal attempt, costing the Chargers a chance at coming back and winning the game. As a result, backup quarterback Kellen Clemens will serve as the holder tonight against the Broncos.
Clemens, who has handled the job in the past when he played for the Jets, said he has done it in practice this year and doesn’t anticipate any problems.
“You stay ready for everything,” Clemens said. “I took some holds today, but I’ve been taking holds every week, just nobody has been paying attention.”
Teams generally prefer to have the punter be the holder simply for logistical reasons at practice, as the punter, kicker and long snapper already spend plenty of time working together. But it may be wiser to have the holder be a player who is good at catching snaps and handling the football. Switching holders is a move the Chargers wish they had made earlier.