Caleb Sturgis

Los Angeles Chargers
Place Kicker #6
Los Angeles Chargers
Place Kicker #6

Caleb Sturgis News

Released by Chargers

Sturgis was released by the Chargers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Chargers thought they'd finally obtained a reliable kicker when they signed Sturgis in March, but he's instead turned out to be another disaster, missing four field goals and six PATs in six games. Michael Badgley presumably will be promoted from the practice squad to replace Sturgis for Week 10 at Oakland. There's potential for fantasy relevance given that Badgley will be attached to one of the NFL's better offenses.

Nov 5, 2018 9:48 AM EST

Misses three kicks in win

Sturgis (quadriceps) missed his only field-goal attempt and made just one of his three extra-point attempts in the 25-17 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Sturgis missed the previous two weeks thanks to a quad injury, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the veteran get some permanent rest after yet another dreadful kicking day. 9-of-15 on extra points and 9-of-13 on field goal attempts is particularly bad, even for Chargers kickers, and the egregious numbers will likely bring the return of Michael Badgley, the rookie kicker who filled in for Sturgis during the aforementioned absence.

Nov 4, 2018 8:08 PM EST

Deemed healthy for Week 9

Sturgis (quadriceps) isn't listed on the Wednesday injury report for Sunday's game in Seattle.

Analysis: The Chargers telegraphed Sturgis' return when they waived fellow kicker Michael Badgley on Tuesday, though they did act quickly to add the 23-year-old to their practice squad, taking note of his strong performance in the past two games. Sturgis could be on the hot seat if he runs into any issues, and he'll start things off with a subpar matchup against Seattle.

Oct 31, 2018 3:29 PM EST

Trending toward return

The Chargers waived Michael Badgley on Tuesday, which is a sign Sturgis (quadriceps) will be available for Sunday's game in Seattle, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Sturgis missed the Chargers' past two contests due to a strained quadriceps, but on the heels of a bye week he seems to be trending toward a return. The release of Badgley, his replacement, is the best sign that Sturgis is closing in game action. Sturgis will end all speculation if he's listed as a full participant on Wednesday's injury report.

Oct 30, 2018 2:58 PM EST

Not kicking in Week 7

Sturgis (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans in London.

Analysis: After missing the Chargers' Week 6 win over the Browns with the quad issue, Sturgis took part in practice throughout this week, logging limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday before upgrading to a full practice participant Friday. While that activity suggests Sturgis' condition is improving, the Chargers will allow him to heal up through their Week 8 bye, affording Michael Badgley another turn at kicker. Badgley made all six of his kicks against Cleveland, so with another solid performance in London, it's possible he could keep the job over a healthy Sturgis coming out of the bye. Sturgis has converted just nine of 12 field-goal tries and eight of 12 extra-point attempts across five appearances.

Oct 21, 2018 5:11 AM EST

Looking shaky for London game

Coach Anthony Lynn hinted that Michael Badgley will need to replace Sturgis (quad) for Sunday's game against the Titans in London, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Sturgis is listed as questionable on the final injury report, potentially shaping up as a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 9:30 AM ET kickoff. The timing allows for plenty of alternatives if Sturgis shows up on the inactive list, but it also creates the risk of getting stuck with a zero if he's accidentally left in a lineup and doesn't play. Badgley was effective last week against the Browns, converting each of five extra-point attempts as well as a 44-yard field goal.

Oct 19, 2018 8:47 AM EST

Practices in limited fashion

Sturgis (quadriceps) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: While Sturgis' back-to-back limited practice sessions to begin the week imply he has a chance to reclaim kicking duties Sunday against the Titans in London, he'll probably need a full practice Friday to avoid an injury designation heading into the weekend. Even in that scenario, it's not a lock that Sturgis serves as the Los Angeles kicker after replacement Michael Badgley drilled his only field-goal attempt (from 44 yards) and connected on all five extra-point tries in the Week 6 win over the Browns. Sturgis, on the other hand, had already missed seven kicks (three field goals, four extra points) through the first five weeks to put his job security in question.

Oct 18, 2018 9:24 AM EST

Logs limited practice

Sturgis (quad) logged a limited practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Michael Badgley hit his only field-goal attempt in Week 6, en route to recording eight points in the Chargers' 38-14 win over the Browns. He could continue to handle the team's kicking duties again this weekend against the Titans if Sturgis is held out to be safe, but Sturgis' limited practice participation Wednesday suggests that he does have a chance to return to action Sunday.

Oct 17, 2018 9:41 AM EST

Out Sunday against Cleveland

Sturgis (quadriceps) is inactive Week 6 against the Browns.

Analysis: Sturgis had been considered unlikely to play for the road matchup, so the team brought in Michael Badgley, who will presumably handle kicking duties for the Chargers. It's unclear if Sturgis -- who missed both a field goal and extra point in Week 5 -- will be ready to take the field when the Chargers return home for a Week 7 matchup against Tennessee. Due to both the injury concerns and the recent struggles, Sturgis is unlikely worth holding on to in standard formats.

Oct 14, 2018 8:32 AM EST

Unlikely to play Week 6

Sturgis (quadriceps), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, is considered unlikely to kick for the Chargers but will work out ahead of the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Fortunately for those who are rostering Sturgis, the Chargers and Browns kick off at 1 p.m. EDT, giving fantasy owners time to pivot to a different kicker in the event Sturgis is ruled out. Even if the Chargers elect to keep both Sturgis and Michael Badgley are active for the contest, it's uncertain that Sturgis would handle the team's kicking duties exclusively. It's probably best to avoid the situation altogether this week.

Oct 14, 2018 6:35 AM EST

Listed as questionable this week

Sturgis (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.

Analysis: In the event that he's unable to kick in Week 6, the team also has Michael Badgley on hand. Either way, those hoping to use a Chargers kicker this weekend will gain clarity on the situation in advance of the first wave of games Sunday, with the Browns kicking off at 1:00 ET.

Oct 12, 2018 11:37 AM EST

New kicker viewed as 'security blanket'

Coach Anthony Lynn indicated Thursday that he's hopeful Sturgis will be available Sunday against the Browns, but newly signed kicker Michael Badgley will be on hand as a "security blanket."

Analysis: Sturgis was a limited participant in the Chargers' first practice of the week due to the groin strain, but it appears the injury isn't severe enough for the team to rule him out for the Week 6 matchup, Even so, the Chargers' decision to add Badgley to the 53-man roster rather than stashing him on their practice squad suggests a fair bit of skepticism surrounding Sturgis' health. Fantasy owners planning on using Sturgis in weekly matchups should still have a backup plan in mind if the groin injury prevents him from kicking come Sunday.

Oct 11, 2018 11:38 AM EST

Dealing with quad strain

Sturgis is nursing a strained quadriceps and may not be available to kick Sunday against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The injury limited Sturgis' participation in Wednesday's practice and prompted the team to sign Mike Badgley, who now looks like the top candidate to kick for the team in Week 6. Schefter notes that Sturgis won't be cut or moved to injured reserve as a result of the quad issue, suggesting a long-term absence isn't anticipated. In any case, fantasy owners counting on Sturgis in weekly matchups should begin looking in a different direction.

Oct 11, 2018 8:31 AM EST

Misses more kicks

Sturgis made two of his three field-goal attempts and two of his three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Thank goodness the Chargers played the Raiders on Sunday, otherwise Sturgis' season-long struggles could have really came back to bite his team. One week after missing a field goal and two extra points, the Chargers opted to switch up their snapper in hopes of a better performance. That didn't yield the intended results, as the status quo once again remained the same, with Sturgis missing two more kicks. The veteran kicker has now connected on a woeful 66 percent of his extra-point attempts and is just 3-of-7 on field goals longer than 40 yards. It remains to be seen how long head coach Anthony Lynn's leash is, but it's fair to suggest a third straight week of missed opportunities could cost Sturgis his job.

Oct 8, 2018 10:35 AM EST

Misses plethora of kicks Sunday

Sturgis made three of his four field-goal attempts and also missed both of his extra-point attempts in the 29-27 win over the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: There's only three things consistent in this world - death, taxes and Chargers' kicking woes. One week after missing an extra point, Sturgis went back to the ill-fated well, missing two extra point attempts and a field goal in his worst game as a member of the Chargers. Through four weeks, Sturgis has missed two field goals and three extra point attempts, but head coach Anthony Lynn wasn't ready to pull the plug on his kicker just yet, suggesting the entire unit, including the snapper and holder, could be in line for changes. If he's around for another week, Sturgis could be in line for more opportunities as the Chargers take on the lowly Raiders in Week 5.

Oct 2, 2018 7:13 AM EST

Misses an extra point in loss

Sturgis made his only field-goal attempt Sunday, but made just two of his three extra-point attempts in the 35-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Sturgis' missed extra point didn't exactly come back to bite the Chargers, but it's clear that special teams problems are still plaguing this team. Sturgis has failed to generate much fantasy production, but that's thanks in large part to the team's ability to convert in the red zone. He'll face the 49ers who will likely be without Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) in Week 4.

Sep 24, 2018 9:16 AM EST

Makes only field goal

Sturgis connected on his only field-goal attempt and also made all four of his extra-point attempts in the 31-20 win over the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Sturgis' lone field goal attempt was from 24 yards, so he obviously wasn't asked to do too much in this contest. With a difficult Week 3 matchup against the Rams on tap, Sturgis might struggle to see many kicking opportunities once again.

Sep 17, 2018 8:15 AM EST

Misses final field goal attempt

Sturgis made two of his three field-goal attempts and did not attempt any extra points in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Sturgis' missed field goal essentially sealed the Chargers fate as the 48-yard kick sailed wide left with the team trailing by 10 and just over one minute left to play. It was a little odd to see the veteran kicker not even attempt an extra point, particularly since the Chargers scored 28 points, but that was due in large part to game script as the team trailed by 19 points entering the fourth quarter.

Sep 10, 2018 9:33 AM EST

Wins kicker job

Sturgis has beat Roberto Aguayo in their competition for the Chargers' place-kicking job.

Analysis: Both players were productive throughout the preseason, but the Chargers must have felt more confidence in Sturgis being reliable during the regular season. After spending most of last season in recovery mode from a torn hip flexor, he could be a sneaky option for a top-flight year complementing the Chargers offense, which could improve upon a mark of 22.2 points per game from 2017 if the skill positions experience a modicum of health.

Sep 1, 2018 8:05 AM EST

Perfect game Thursday

Head coach Anthony Lynn was complimentary of Sturgis following Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the 49ers. "We brought Caleb (Sturgis) in to be our kicker. Last couple of weeks, he showed that he could do that."

Analysis: Lynn's comments would seem to indicate that Sturgis is the preferred starter, yet down a point with seconds to spare in Thursday's preseason contest, Roberto Aguayo was the one called upon to drill the game-winning 36-yard field goal. It's a microcosm of what has been a productive preseason for both kickers, as Sturgis and Aguayo have appeared to be frontrunners for the starting spot at different points throughout August. Aguayo may have made the most important kick of the night, but Sturgis also converted on his lone field-goal and extra-point attempts, suggesting this could be a battle that will linger until the final hours of roster cuts.

Aug 31, 2018 9:34 AM EST

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