San Antonio Commanders kicker feeling at home despite new rules

February 23, 2019

A former soccer player, San Antonio Commanders kicker Nick Rose said he always has enjoyed being able to let loose and hammer a kickoff.

The skill is one of his biggest strengths. He had touchbacks on more than two-thirds of his kickoffs as an NFL regular in 2017, and the Los Angeles Chargers brought him aboard for four days last month to handle kickoffs during the team’s AFC divisional round playoff game against the New England Patriots.

Now in the Alliance of American Football with the Commanders, Rose no longer gets to kick off. The AAF has eliminated the play in favor of offenses starting drives at their own 25-yard line.

“It bugs me, because I love kicking off. I enjoy that play,” Rose said. “Personally, I think that’s a strength. That’s an ace in my pocket that I have that some guys don’t. I’m just here to be as consistent as I can on field goals.”

So far, so good. The former Texas Longhorns standout, who became a viral hit a few times during his tenure in Austin, is 6 for 6 through two weeks in San Antonio, including a 50-yarder in Week 2.

Like most players in the Alliance, Rose aims to return to the NFL. He played eight games with the Washington Redskins and two with the Chargers in 2017, and he also has been signed and released by the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Houston Texans since entering the league in 2016.

“You strive to have a little bit of security, but it’s the NFL,” Rose said. “You’re never going to have full security, ever. It doesn’t matter if you don’t miss for three years straight. It really doesn’t. You can be gone the next day.”