SDUT: Osgood is a hit as 'janitor'

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
By Kevin Acee

October 21, 2005

It is likely Kassim Osgood will get more work at receiver as the season progresses. It is also possible that Osgood will at some point in his career be more than a special teams standout.

"Some day I will," Osgood said. "I'm waiting patiently."

Until then, he is doing quite well in his job as a "janitor."

That is his word for his role on the Chargers, though perhaps assassin better characterizes his special teams work.

"He's a guy who has a passion and wants to help his team however he can," veteran receiver Keenan McCardell said. "If he has to tear a guy's head off, that's what he'll do."

Osgood, a third-year pro out of San Diego State, leads the Chargers with 10 special teams tackles. He has become a focus of opponents and often has to beat double teams on punts to make tackles. At Oakland last Sunday he had three special teams tackles.

On offense, his blocks have helped create some big gains.

His catches on offense have not, his lone reception (for 6 yards) coming two weeks ago against Pittsburgh.

By this point in 2004 he had five receptions and finished the season with 13 catches for 278 yards and two touchdowns. His 21.4-yard average led the team.

This year, the always-jovial Osgood said with a smile, "I average one catch every five games."

Injury updates
Safety Terrence Kiel (ankle) and receiver Eric Parker (ankle) returned to practice yesterday. Four other starters missed at least a portion of the workout: cornerback Drayton Florence (ankle), linebacker Steve Foley (abdominal muscle), right guard Mike Goff (ankle) and center Nick Hardwick (ankle).

As he has the past three Fridays, linebacker Steve Foley is expected to work in this morning's light practice before the team flies to Philadelphia. It appears Goff and Hardwick will play. Florence, who missed last week's game, remains the least likely to play.

All of the above are officially listed as questionable.

Nuts 'n' Bolts
The Kansas City Chiefs were to be the only team the Chargers played in a five-game stretch that was not coming off a bye. But because of Hurricane Wilma, the Chiefs' game at Miami has been moved from Sunday to tonight, which means the Chiefs will have a few extra days off before coming to San Diego on Oct. 30 . ... Rain is forecast the entire weekend in Philadelphia.