Sunday, December 5, 2021

Chargers give up kicker Tristan Viscaino, sign veteran Dustin Hopkins

The Chargers touted the leg strength and potential of Tristan Vizcaino when he joined the team this season.

He was released six games later.

The rookie was turned down Tuesday in favor of veteran Dustin Hopkins, who was fired by Washington last week.

Wiscayne has missed five extra points in his last four games. He had six of seven goals in a season.

Coach Brandon Staley has consistently expressed confidence at Wiscayno, most recently on Monday. But he also noted that the Chargers “will keep all our options open in this position.”

Hopkins, an NFL veteran with eight years of experience, made three of four shots for a field goal last month – missing from 51 yards – against the Chargers in the teams’ first season.

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During the year, he is 12 out of 14 on shots for a field goal and 10 out of 12 on extra points.

He was cut after missing two extra points against Atlanta and badly missed a 42-yard field goal against Kansas City.

Hopkins spent his least accurate season in 2020, conceding seven of 34 field goal attempts.

He has played 93 games for Washington DC and is the all-time leader in the franchise in field goal percentages (84%) and hitting hits from 50 yards or more (13).

When he makes his Chargers debut, Hopkins will be the 11th player to knock out a shot for the team since the start of the 2017 season.

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