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Lions sign Larry Webster, Nate Freese

Larry Webster AP

It took Larry Webster a while to find his way to the football field, but it didn’t take him long to land a contract with the Lions after they drafted him in the fourth round.

Tim Twentyman of the team’s website announced that the Lions have signed Webster and seventh-round kicker Nate Freese to their four-year rookie contracts. With defensive tackle Caraun Reid already in the fold, the Lions have five more draft picks left to sign.

Webster started his college days as a basketball player before making the move to football at Division II Bloomsburg two years ago. He had 26 sacks in 24 starts as a defensive end after switching sports, which signals a pretty high level of athletic ability. He’ll be facing a big jump in terms of opposition, though, and he’s definitely on the raw side so immediate help may not be in the offing.

Freese will compete with John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio for the kicking job in Detroit after making 86.4 percent of his field goals while at Boston College. Kicking competitions are always a bit of a crapshoot, but teams generally don’t use draft picks on kickers unless they feel fairly confident that they’ll stick.

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8 Responses to “Lions sign Larry Webster, Nate Freese”
  1. bennyb82 says: May 16, 2014 10:13 AM

    Freese sounds like a good addition considering how accurate he has been.

  2. deafcone says: May 16, 2014 10:48 AM

    Freese was accurate at signing the contract on 82% of his attempts.

  3. monkeyjuice313 says: May 16, 2014 10:57 AM

    Such a cool name for a kicker. The phrase “Freeze Freese” will be mentioned at least 100 times er season. I do miss Kickalicious though.

  4. ryjodetroit says: May 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    John Potter was released last week.

  5. noose18 says: May 16, 2014 11:10 AM

    You can’t ice the freese!

  6. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 16, 2014 12:08 PM

    Damn the man has got to be almost 50 years old, solid DT in his day…..an original Brown!

  7. sparky151 says: May 16, 2014 12:59 PM

    Where’s Kickalicious? He did well last preseason.

  8. lks311 says: May 16, 2014 1:36 PM

    For those clamoring for Kickalicious, don’t be hoodwinked by last year’s PDA by the Lions. His presence in camp had as much to do with the fact that he was a lefty, just as the presumptive starter, David Akers, was. That way the holder got practice during training camp, regardless of who taking the shots.

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