Found July 03, 2013 on The Penalty Flag:
PLAYERS: David Akers
TEAMS: Detroit Lions
How could David Akers think anything other than believing that he had the inside track to the vacant Detroit Lions kicking spot?  After all, his competition is a Norwegian with no prior NFL experience and the somewhat gaudy nickname of “Kickalicious”.  But Akers hasn’t kicked too many footballs during the Lions’ offseason workouts while he rehabs an injury that occurred in early 2012, upon which he lays at least partial blame for last season’s accuracy and distance problems.  Those are some of the contributing factors that got San Francisco to wave bye-bye and caused him to land here in Detroit.  The Lions cautiously signed him to a one year contract; Akers went under the knife again for groin surgery early this year.  That rehab is going deliberately as well... Read more

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