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Exeter grad Taylor Bertolet makes NFL regular season debut in Chargers’ win

CLEVELAND >> Exeter grad Taylor Bertolet, making his regular season NFL debut, kicked a go-ahead, 27-yard field goal with 9:29 left to help the Los Angeles Chargers defeat the Cleveland Browns 30-28 Sunday.

“I feel elated,” Bertolet said. “It’s a relief to get the opportunity to go out and play in a regular season game. To finally get my chance is pretty fun.”

Bertolet was signed to the practice squad Thursday, then elevated to the active roster Saturday in case kicker Dustin Hopkins couldn’t play because of a right quadriceps injury.

Bertolet was 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points. He kicked a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

“It’s not easy to come in and do that, but he did a great job,” Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert said. “He came into practice on Thursday and was perfect then, so we had a lot of confidence in him right away.”

Los Angeles is the latest stop on Bertolet’s football journey since his college career at Texas A&M, and he’s still looking to kick in a regular season NFL game for the first time.

Since signing with the L.A. Rams as an undrafted free agent in May 2016, Bertolet has been with the Broncos twice and the Jets twice in the offseason/preseason. He also had stints on the practice squad with the Panthers in 2020 and was on the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad that same season.

In addition, he’s kicked in the Alliance of American Football, in the CFL and last spring with the New Orleans Breakers in the USFL.

Rookie Cade York missed a 54-yard field goal with 11 seconds left for Cleveland after Chargers coach Brandon Staley gambled on a fourth down.

York’s kick sailed right and allowed the Chargers to escape. With his team at its 46 and leading by two, Staley called a timeout and instead of punting had Justin Herbert attempt a short pass on fourth-and-1 that fell incomplete. The Browns got the ball back and drove to the Chargers 35, but York couldn’t convert.

Austin Ekeler rushed for a career-high 173 yards and scored twice for Los Angeles.

Source: Berkshire mont

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