USA TODAY Sports Weekly


- Storyline of the Week

Who has the leg up? Almost all of the starting jobs were already set in stone coming into the summer, with the exception of the team’s kicking duel between Michael Badgley and Tristan Vizcaino. Vizcaino had the advantage for the majority of the month, but it wasn’t until last week when the needle started to tilt toward Badgley. In the preseason finale against the Seahawks, the Chargers’ lack of offensive production prevented the coaching staff from getting a better evaluation of the two. Badgley has hit on 80% of his field goal attempts in the NFL (52 of 65); Vizcaino has only attempted three.

Rookie watch

Fifth-round pick LB Nick Niemann showed that he’s capable of playing the position at this level. In each of the three preseason games, Niemann was the team’s leading tackler. He went on to finish the slate with 28. Flying all around the field, Niemann showed the ability to make stops inside and outside the tackles and the athleticis­m and instincts to make an impact against the pass.

– Gavino Borquez, Chargers Wire

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