The Detroit Lions really couldn't have done much better finding an experienced replacement for kicker Jason Hanson than with the addition of David Akers, provided one thing:
That Akers is healthy.
A year ago, he wasn't and ended up having the worst season of his career before getting released by San Francisco.
"I can't even describe the bizarre year that it was," Akers said. "I definitely want to show people that was a fluke."
In 2011, Akers had a career year when he made 44 of his 52 field-goal attempts (84.6 percent), including 7-of-9 from 50-or-more yards.
He had to undergo surgery for a double hernia before last season, but appeared to be fully recovered when he tied the NFL record with a 63-yarder at Green Bay in the opening week.
"I thought, 'Man, this is going to be another awesome year,'" Akers said. "But a couple weeks later, I slipped and fell at practice (on a wet field). I really didn't think much of it that day. The next day, I had some pain in kind of the area wh...