Commanders kicker Nick Rose appears headed to Los Angeles Chargers
By Cole Thompson
SAN ANTONIO — It looks like another member of The Alliance of American Football may be headed back to the NFL.
San Antonio Commanders kicker Nick Rose is expected to be added to the Los Angeles Chargers’ roster in preparation for their divisional round game against the New England Patriots. The 24-year-old kicker is expected to play a significant role in the Chargers’ special teams and handle primarily kickoff duties and long field goals.
A Dallas native, Rose was a place kicker for the Texas Longhorns (2012-15). A three-year starter for the Longhorns’ special teams, Rose finished his career with 149 career points, averaging a 71.1 percent career field goal rating. Rose has a career-long field goal of 53 yards. Undrafted in 2016, Rose has spent time as a member of the Washington Redskins (2017) and Chargers (2017), going 11-of-14 on field-goal attempts with a long of 55 yards. Rose also has been a member of the offseason roster for the Atlanta Falcons (2016), San Francisco 49ers (2017), New York Jets (2018) and Houston Texans (2018).
Rose would be the third player from The Alliance to be active for an NFL game this season. Quarterback Josh Johnson (San Diego Fleet) was signed by the Redskins and started the team’s final four games, going 52-of-91 for 590 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert (Orlando Apollos), was active for the Carolina Panthers final game, going 2-of-3 for 40 yards.
Rose’s opportunity suggests The Alliance is making some headway toward its goal of enabling players to make it to the NFL. As the NFL season comes to a close, scouts and other NFL personnel are expected to be arriving at camps to see which players could be headed to the big game next season.
In related news, from a press release by the Commanders:
● In transactions, kicker Nick Rose (Texas) was placed on the Reserve/Other League List. Contract terminated per authorized alternative league release.
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