Chargers sign Nate Kaeding

The Chargers have signed kicker Nate Kaeding to a three-year contract. Kaeding was the first of two third round picks by the Bolts in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Nate Kaeding, out of Iowa, was the top ranked placekicker in the country. He made a school record 22 straight field goals and 60 consecutive extr points. Kaeding finished the 2003 season leading the team with 106 points, connecting on 20 of 21 field goals and 40 of 41 extra points.

He holds the school career scoring record with 373 points, topping the previous mark of 290 by Rob Houghtlin (1985-87).

Kaeding was named first-team All America in 2002 and '03. He holds school and Big Ten Conference record for kickers with 373 points and ranks second in the Big Ten in career field goals (67).  

In his first taste of Chargers camp, Kaeding was solid, if unspectacular. He made all of his kicks from 40 yards in and missed from 42 and 47 before hitting from 52 -- with distance to spare. What was most noticeable was the height on his kicks. They took off from the ground, perhaps leaving the days of blocked kicks behind. His kickoffs landed from the ten on in on a consistent basis. A new and novel idea. He should immediately upgrade the Chargers kicking woes of the past. 

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