Canadian kicker JJ Molson signs with Los Angeles Chargers

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Canadian kicker JJ Molson has signed a practice squad contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Head coach Anthony Lynn said Molson was signed for an emergency option in the event of an unexpected case of COVID-19. Currently, Michael Badgley is handling kicking duties for the Chargers and former CFLer Ty Long is doing the punting.

Badgley has converted 17-of-24 field goal attempts (70 percent) through 12 games for the 3-9 Chargers with aa long of 53 yards. If he keeps missing kicks, Molson could get a chance as the three-point specialist.

Molson went unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 49 games from 2016 to 2019 at the University of California, Los Angeles, converting 51-of-74 field goal attempts (69 percent) as a Bruin. The six-foot-one, 197-pounder also kicked off 266 times for 12,758 yards (63 yard average) and was awarded UCLA’s Tommy Prothro Award for outstanding special teams play in 2018.

The Montreal native is an eight-generation descendant of John Molson, the founder of Molson Brewery. Molson was selected in the seventh round, 63rd overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2020 CFL draft. 

Molson worked out for the Green Bay Packers in November, but did not earn a contract.