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We’ve got a kicking competition in Detroit


It’s not training camp until we have a good ol’ fashioned kicker battle.

Detroit will provide one this year.  In one corner, you have franchise legend Jason Hanson.

In the other, you have Dave Rayner.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports Rayner agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions.  Rayner replaced Hanson during last season when the 20-year veteran was injured.

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13 Responses to “We’ve got a kicking competition in Detroit”
  1. odds75to1 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    You can’t replace a Jason Hanson, not as a player or as a person. You just need a steady backup until he turns 65 and can retire!

  2. tebowpoopsrainbows says: Jul 26, 2011 10:16 PM

    oh snap!

    Jason Hanson just slid down my fantasy big board

  3. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 26, 2011 10:19 PM

    nothing like a kicking battle to stir the masses

  4. ramofsteel says: Jul 26, 2011 10:22 PM

    Actually it’s a triple threat w/ Suh there too.

  5. odds75to1 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:35 PM


    only if they take a time out first so he can practice ffs

  6. realitypolice says: Jul 26, 2011 10:36 PM

    Don’t most teams sign a second kicker for camp?

    It makes sense they would bring in the guy that kicked for them last year.

    To say this is a battle is a bit of a stretch.

  7. mjkelly77 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:38 PM

    Punting compettition, too …. Lions picked up UDFA Ryan Donahue, a punter from Iowa as well as Jared Jenkins, a WR from Wisc-Stevens Point who also punts. In 2009 he was selected the AFCA First Team All-American Punter.

  8. oumoonunit says: Jul 26, 2011 11:12 PM

    At first I thought you were talking about the ass/shoulder-kicking Stafford is going to take this year.

  9. icuwoot says: Jul 26, 2011 11:23 PM

    Hanson will be the starter, unless he’s hurt. Really isn’t a battle. Will just allow Jason more rest in the preseason and during camp. Hanson’s there until he retires. Raynor will probably be the guy when Hanson retires. He did a good job.

    Pretty amazing that the Lions have only had 2 starting kickers since 1980. One position the Lions can constantly fill.

  10. blackheld says: Jul 27, 2011 12:18 AM

    God, I remember the screaming when Hanson replaced the OTHER kicking legend, Eddie Murray, in Detroit.

    Rayner kicked really well last year, including a 55 yarder late in the game against Minnesota…a game the Lions won.

    Hanson has lost significant distance, especially on his kickoffs, and this is a very real battle for a roster spot. I personally think Rayner will end up as the Lions’ kicker, especially in view of Hanson’s cap number, which is quite a bit over the minimum.

    Fantasy players need to watch this, carefully.

  11. richm2256 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:56 AM

    Get Stefan Fatsis on the phone.

  12. jimmylions says: Jul 27, 2011 11:32 AM

    Killer Kowalski reports that the job is Hanson’s to lose. The big issue is whether Hanson can finish a season without being injured.

    He says the thinking is if they decided to waive Rayner, they can re-sign him. If they waive Hanson, he’s gone forever.

    Kickers are so important these days that I’d keep Rayner for insurance.

  13. dewalt2990 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:08 PM

    oof, this is gonna be a tough decision…seriously…personally, I don’t think Rayner is proven enough to replace the all time Lion’s scorer.

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