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NFL Rumors: Chargers signing new kicker days before game vs. Patriots

Every inch matters in playoff football, which perhaps could explain the Los Angeles Chargers' unorthodox transaction Thursday morning.

The Chargers are signing free agent kicker Nick Rose to their active roster just four days before their AFC Divisional Round matchup with the New England Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Rose will handle the Chargers' kickoff duties Sunday at Gillette Stadium, per Schefter.

Rose is a relative unknown, having bounced between six teams -- including the Chargers in 2017 -- since signing with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2016.