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Lions need to find a kicker

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The Lions aren’t accustomed to needing to search for a kicker. From 1980 to 1991 they had Eddie Murray, and from 1992 to 2012 they had Jason Hanson, giving them more than three decades of stability at the position.

But David Akers won’t be back after one shaky season in 2013, and that means the Lions are on the hunt for a new kicker. They have two on the roster right now, John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, but special teams coordinator John Bonamego says the search for a kicker is far from over.

The No. 1 thing we need to do is find a kicker,” Bonamego said. “From a scouting standpoint, it’s our top priority in my department. We have two guys on the roster right now that both have some experience. We’ll evaluate those guys in this upcoming period and we’ll compare them to the guys that are coming up in the draft, the draft-eligible guys, and we’ll find one.”

Twice last season Detroit lost close games in which Akers missed key field goals. It’s vital for the Lions to find someone better this year. Preferably someone with staying power, so the Lions can go back to having stability at kicker.

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  1. weekendwarriorko says: Apr 15, 2014 11:43 AM


  2. phillipalpha says: Apr 15, 2014 11:44 AM


  3. gnorules says: Apr 15, 2014 11:44 AM

    Where’s Kick-o-licious?

  4. blue18hutthutt says: Apr 15, 2014 11:46 AM

    Seriously, give Kickalicious another try

    He’s had a year off to try and fine-tune the other aspects of being an NFL kicker and he looked great in pre-season last year and is an energizing, crowd-pleasing fan-favorite

    What’s there to lose?

  5. nygmann says: Apr 15, 2014 11:46 AM

    Lawrence Tynes would be a good choice.

  6. essentialsausage says: Apr 15, 2014 11:52 AM

    Seriously, why not Kickalicious?

  7. andrewluck12 says: Apr 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    Vanderjagt is still available lol

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    This could be a good year for UDFA Kickers so you don’t necessarily have to draft one, plus there could be a few decent ones passed around like there have been in recent years. If they don’t think there’s a stud Kicker in this draft then they already have mentioned reasonably strong confidence in the 2 they already have to compete for that spot enough to hold down the fort for a year if need be.

  9. criticaldsj says: Apr 15, 2014 11:58 AM

    They should have kept David Ranyer over Hanson when he outkicked Hanson during the 2011 training camp.

    But sentimentality wins out every time with incompetent front offices, so….

  10. dtownsportslions says: Apr 15, 2014 11:58 AM

    Come back Jason! We love you!

  11. theclink12 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:04 PM

    It’s the Lions…who really cares?

    It doesn’t matter who kicks for them because Stafford will always throw a late game INT that loses the game.

  12. willnit says: Apr 15, 2014 12:13 PM

    Stop saying “Kickalicious”. If he couldn’t beat out old man Akers, why would you want to give him another chance?

  13. bennyb82 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:24 PM

    Has Garrett Hartley signed anywhere? He clearly had an awful year last year but prior to that he was solid.

  14. bigd9484 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:39 PM

    They didn’t give kickalicious a chance because the old regime thought Akers was more suited to “win now” to save their jobs vs going with the ups and downs of an unproven rookie. I say bring him back, he showed plenty during the preseason, and if I remember correctly was better than Akers anyway.

  15. lovethelions says: Apr 15, 2014 12:43 PM

    Kickalicious should be the first one they ask to come back for another try out. He’s amazing!

    Go LIONS!

  16. dustinb18 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:52 PM


  17. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 15, 2014 12:52 PM

    Anybody who thinks Kickalicious didn’t beat out Akers last year is silly. That was a matter of experience over potential… and look how well it worked! /sarcasm

  18. ariani1985 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:53 PM

    Lions kicker would start on green bays defense! You seen that garbage roster?

  19. radiofriendly420 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    Diehard Lions fan here. Loved Kickalicious…the whole story was great.

    Please though, Lions fans, smarten up. The guy can’t kick the ball out of the endzone off of a tee (-1) and he can’t kick a 50+ yard field goal consistently (-1) and he definitely can’t ever kick a 60 yard field goal (-1).

    Get a guy that can kick the ball long and accurately with consistency. Don’t mess around with Kickalicious.

    Sorry Lions fans…I loved the story too, but the guy wasn’t, and isn’t, very good.

  20. englishguy24601 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    I’m not sure it matters, who they sign. It’s the Lions and the Lions suck.

  21. fordmandalay says: Apr 15, 2014 1:33 PM

    Why don’t they just spin the NFL merry-go-round and pick up a guy that’s played for, and then been cut by 10 other teams. That’s how it works these days.

  22. lks311 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:44 PM

    It let’s you know how close they could be. Lost two games because of a kicker, one game due to a late, unnecessary Pick-Six, one more because of a catch your All-Pro receiver usually makes.

    I know that sentiment is the same for half the league, still, 11-5 was easily there for the taking.

  23. dtownsportslions says: Apr 15, 2014 2:45 PM

    Its funny that this one of the few positions groups the Lions historically draft well.

  24. lionsfan2086 says: Apr 15, 2014 5:56 PM

    Probably best guy out there is Rob Bironas. I’d rather have Jason Hanson back.

    Doesn’t look like there are kickers going before the mid 6th round so we’ll see what we can get come draft day.

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