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Lions give “Kickalicious” the boot

Havard Rugland 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.

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43 Responses to “Lions give “Kickalicious” the boot”
  1. Land of Sky Blue Water says: Aug 27, 2013 10:01 AM

    Welcome to Green Bay, Kickalicious.

  2. bennyb82 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:03 AM

    I wonder what the penalty is if a team does not make their cuts in time.

  3. bennyb82 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:04 AM

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

  4. lks311 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:08 AM

    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.

  5. tinbender2000 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:16 AM

    This guy could be someones kicker for the next 10-12 years.

  6. ocdn says: Aug 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    I was hoping he would at least make the practice squad.

  7. oilcandroid says: Aug 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    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?

  8. 4greatestvikingever says: Aug 27, 2013 10:23 AM

    Go to Green Bay.

  9. iowalion72 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:27 AM

    “Gave him the boot?” Because he’s a kicker. I see what you did there. It was nifty.

  10. detroitkitty says: Aug 27, 2013 10:32 AM

    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.

  11. marvsleezy says: Aug 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    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.

  12. richiebburg says: Aug 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    Hope this guy gets on somewhere. Seemed like a nice guy and a pretty good kicker too

  13. eatitfanboy says: Aug 27, 2013 10:37 AM

    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?

  14. 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..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,,,

  15. stabbymike says: Aug 27, 2013 10:44 AM

    Huh two internet sensations released in a week. and people thought thought they would work out. granted rugland was decent.

  16. darkneptune73 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:45 AM

    So either Kickalicious is vastly overrated according to the Lions, or the Lions are being pigheaded as usual. Who knows.

  17. fwippel says: Aug 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    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.

  18. elliottcovert says: Aug 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    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.

  19. dw2084 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:01 AM

    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.

  20. mattsffrd says: Aug 27, 2013 11:05 AM

    Akers was horrible last year, why wouldn’t you keep the younger, cheaper guy who’s been perfect in camp? This is the most Lions thing ever.

  21. loytomaki says: Aug 27, 2013 11:06 AM

    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.

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 27, 2013 11:10 AM

    Typical Lions move.

  23. skittlesareyum says: Aug 27, 2013 11:11 AM

    Could we stop giving stupid nicknames to kickers? Kickalicous, Legatron, etc. Ugh.

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:16 AM

    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.

  25. chillyball says: Aug 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    This will come back to haunt Detroit. I hope Greenbay signs him.

    slappy pappy WAH WAH!

  26. whatjusthapped says: Aug 27, 2013 11:21 AM

    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?

  27. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 27, 2013 11:24 AM

    After 17 years with one kicker this team gets handed the natural gift and just let it go. For a guy who has been kicking 17 years.

  28. xinellum says: Aug 27, 2013 11:30 AM

    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…

  29. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 27, 2013 11:30 AM

    I think Arizona is the best fit. They just gave Dan Carpenter a try. They cut him after he missed his only field-goal try. So obviously they are looking.

  30. samaugster23 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:32 AM

    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!!!

  31. tobis81 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:38 AM

    @OCDN- Haha, ate you an idiot dude? Do you know anything about football? Who puts a kicker on the practice squad? LMFAO!!!

  32. gallogj says: Aug 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    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!

  33. hatesycophants says: Aug 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    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.

  34. totallyuselessme says: Aug 27, 2013 11:52 AM

    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.

  35. 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.

    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.

  36. funktron2x says: Aug 27, 2013 11:58 AM

    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?

  37. barkhardandloud says: Aug 27, 2013 12:02 PM

    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”

  38. eatitfanboy says: Aug 27, 2013 1:09 PM

    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?

  39. ocdn says: Aug 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    @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.

  40. hartlylion13 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:51 PM

    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.

  41. Ponsonby_Britt says: Aug 27, 2013 3:24 PM

    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.

  42. mattjay0101 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:25 PM

    Great…now I have nothing.

  43. nekelund says: Aug 27, 2013 10:16 PM

    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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