Lions give “Kickalicious” the boot

AP

David Akers is a solid, respectable, veteran kicker, which is fine.

That doesn’t mean that the Lions aren’t a little less fun with him kicking field goals.

According to the team’s official website, the Lions cleared the way for Akers by releasing kicker Havard Rugland, better known as “Kickalicious” from his trick-shot video.

While he came to camp a curiosity, he’s made a name for himself with a strong leg, and has shown well enough in the preseason that he’ll likely get another chance somewhere.

The Lions also released cornerback DeQuan Menzie, and have three more moves to make before this afternoon’s 4 p.m. deadline to get to 75.

43 responses to “Lions give “Kickalicious” the boot

  1. I wonder what the penalty is if a team does not make their cuts in time. Or is there an autocut feature?

  2. Showed well in preseason. Undoubtedly, letting him go early in an effort to allow him a chance to catch on with someone else.

    Nice gesture.

  3. After two decades of reliable kicking in Jason Hanson, the Lions are panicking. Only a team that thinks it’s in contention would bring in a well-past-his-prime kicker, no offense to Akers. And the Lions are most definitely not in contention. Why not give Rugland time to develop if he’s looked good in the preseason?

  4. This is a shame. Personally, I thought he was only slightly worse than Akers and has way more upside. He can kick for the next 10+ years while Akers has what, 2 years left maybe?

    This is all about Schwartz making moves for right now, the future be damned because he knows he’s on the chopping block and he’s not going to risk losing a single game this year to a missed kick.

  5. Any kicker who comes to you with a stupid nick name before hes done a darn thing is trouble.

    Spend less time working on tricks, and practice kicking it straight. Its the NFL not soccer.

  6. This is what your solid respectable kicker who you paying a million dollars to did last season:

    29 for 42 on field goals: 69%

    And he can’t kick off.

    And did I mention he’s making a million dollars?

    This is a no-guts move. They made the safe choice so they wouldn’t have to answer questions later if something went wrong. Who’s going to criticize picking David Akers as your kicker?

    How many other positions on the roster would you give to an expensive, demonstrably past his prime player over a rookie who has competed evenly in camp, has tons of promise, and would cost you half as much?

  7. Would love him in PHILLY..he has a skill that hasn’t been used but ONE time in the past 40 years..its called the DROP KICK..this guy can ‘drop kick” a FG at 60 yrds!..no chance for a block, and he could be used to angle his kicks ( he is balls on accurate)..The NFL teams that don’t take a shot at this kid are stupid. he can punt, Kick angle his kicks..not to mention he does what most don’t think about…SELL TICKETS,,,

  8. Doesn’t seem like a smart move by the Lions, considering how poorly Akers kicked a year ago. He probably showed a little better this preseason than Rugland, but Rugland is only going to get better.

    My guess is Rugland ends up kicking for some team before November.

  9. Akers is a fine kicker, but he’s almost 40 and has a few seasons left in his leg at best. The Lions would have been better off going with Kickalicious, who could have been a long term kicker rather than a stop gap.

  10. As a Lions fan, I hope he goes unsigned, but that won’t happen. The man can get it done. He is no sideshow. Akers just looks like the old Akers and there is no spot for him. Watch, now Akers will get hurt and we will have to scramble to sign Mason Crosby or someone of that ilk.

  11. They are going to try to put him on their practice squad, the problem is they need to expose him to waivers first and sweat the rest of the league maybe signing him. If he clears waivers I would be shocked if they do not stash him on the practice squad for the year.

  12. That’s too bad. Hope Rugland catches on somewhere.

    marvsleezy says:

    practice kicking it straight. Its the NFL not soccer.
    _______________________

    Funny I see many NFL kicks that are from the hashmarks with crosswinds that are not “straight” kicks. Maybe I’m watching a different NFL than you are.

  13. Akers had to be the worse kicker in the NFL last year. Toward the end, his self confidence was completely shot.

    Only the Lions would sign a guy like Akers and then compound the idiotic move by releasing a guy who has more talent. Is this some sort of tribute to Matt Millen?

  14. And they kept David Akers? The guy who missed 13 kicks last year, many within chip shot range. What am I missing? Akers must know where the hidden gun is and is using that as leverage to keep his job. Crazy…

  15. Akers kicked last year hurt. Not that I am saying this is an excuse. Akers is Hanson 2 years ago. People were willing to have Hanson come back this year. Akers has a little stronger leg than Jason. As for Akers not having a strong leg for kick-offs, did anyone else watch Hanson last year???? He was horrible too. Unfortunately, Lions coaches are playing for this year. Their jobs depend on this year. Experience or a youtube sensation???? Would you put your job on the line for some maybe flash in the pan or someone who is proven????? GO LIONS!!!

  16. This information might have been helpful BEFORE I drafted him in the first round of my fantasy league. What am I going to do now? He must not have been ready for the jelly!

  17. I’m just glad none of you are actual general managers. Do you have any idea how boring (and terrible) this league would be if decision making was based on who is a “nice” guy? I don’t want the players on my team to be nice. In fact, I want “grunts” who would spit on you as soon as look at you. I want skill guys who are professional and smile during interviews, but when they’re on the field are driven, hateful, resentful jackasses who would slap their own mothers.

    Fantasy football is an appropriate moniker for you humps.

  18. I’m genuinely surprised.

    A large part of me’s thinking Akers got the nod based on his experience moreso than his ability. I sure didn’t see any signs that he actually was a better kicker than Rugland – and I hadn’t even seen the youtube video until now.

  19. Rugland has been a good story, but what most people that don’t follow Lions’ training camp realize is that he’s been struggling with accuracy more and more in camp.

    He just missed three medium FGs in camp wide left in a row the other day. He’s not the guy you think he is. He’s raw and going to be very succeptible to ups and downs.

    He might make a practice squad, but he’s going to be far too inconsistent without more time to practice, relax, and hone his craft.

  20. They have a kickoff guy, the new punter with the cannon leg. does anyone actually check anything before they open their fool mouths these days?

  21. he will be in a Browns uniform in, 5-4-3-2

    “Kickalicious kicks game winning Field Goal in Blusterly New Yorks Swirling Winds in the First Cold weather SuperBowl”

    ” The Wind carried the ball 20 yards from the post, if anyone could make it, it was Kickalicious”

    “Kickalicious cashes in for A ring with the Browns”

  22. isphet71 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 11:53 AM
    Rugland has been a good story, but what most people that don’t follow Lions’ training camp realize is that he’s been struggling with accuracy more and more in camp.

    He just missed three medium FGs in camp wide left in a row the other day. He’s not the guy you think he is. He’s raw and going to be very succeptible to ups and downs.

    Maybe after stuffing a few long field goals between the uprights and STILL being told he had no shot to make the team affected his concentration a little.

    I read an article on line where Schwartz compared Rugland’s efforts to people paying a dollar at a county fair to take a shot at something. It’s obvious he never had any intention of keeping him.

    Which begs the question, why did they waste his time?

  23. @tobis81
    “Ate you an idiot dude? Do you know anything about football?”
    If you’re going to attempt to put down something or someone, at least learn how to spell.

  24. Sam Martin – drafted 5th round out of Appalachian State. Been handling the kickoffs and blasting them consistently. He will be the Lions kicker of the future for field goals.

  25. Just watch, in this or next season, or both, “Kickalicious” will help another team into the playoffs at the Lions’ expense. Those front office bastards never learn.

  26. 1phillyphan says:
    Aug 27, 2013 10:42 AM
    Would love him in PHILLY..he has a skill that hasn’t been used but ONE time in the past 40 years..its called the DROP KICK

    Not quite true. Doug Flutie drop kicked an extra point for the Patriots in 2006. But prior to that, the last successful drop kick was in 1941, 65 years earlier. It would be fantastic to see a drop kick field goal in my lifetime in the NFL. Hope Kickalicious finds another home soon.

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