Prater hopes to stay with Lions after settling team's kicking woes

Wide left, wide right. Take your pick. That's how the Detroit Lions' season began before Matt Prater came in and settled down an incredibly shaky kicking situation. The Lions learned the hard way that they can't rely on just any rookie, even a draft pick, to handle the pressures that go with being a kicker in the NFL. There's simply too many close games in this league and they can...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Kickalicious back with another trick-kick video

You wanted more "Kickalicious," you got it. Havard Rugland, the lovable Norwegian trick-kick specialist who became a fan favorite during his tryout with the Detroit Lions in 2013, has released another video with his zany antics. Call it Kickalicious the Sequel. His first video released a couple years ago went viral and led to both his nickname and an opportunity with the Lions during...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Adam Vinatieri's Postseason Milestones

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Playoff milestones for Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who entered the NFL in 1996 with the New England Patriots. Vinatieri will face his former team in Sunday's AFC championship game. Postseason Record: 20-9 (Colts were 2-1 when Vinatieri was on injured reserve following 2009 season). Conference championship record: 6-0. Most Super Bowl Rings - Charles Haley, 5;...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey might break David Akers’ scoring record

If you’re like me, you added Cody Parkey to your fantasy team a long time ago so you already know how great he’s been this season. If not, then I have some good news about the Philadelphia Eagles kicker. According to Reuben Frank of CSN, Parkey is having an historic season at the position. In fact, he’s on pace to finish second all time for the most points scored by a kicker...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Buy David Akers’ 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra — Only 5,432 Miles!

  David Akers’ NFL career is over so it seems to make sense that now is the time to dump the toys you have sitting around the house. First toy up is a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra that is currently up for auction on eBay. This isn’t an ordinary Shelby. This is a 40th anniversary edition that Carroll Shelby Motorsports gave to Akers. According to the listing Shelby decides...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading Cody Parkey’s first game as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles

As it turns out, it’s a good thing to have a real NFL kicker on your team. Philadelphia Eagles fans can be forgiven for forgetting that as it’s been a long time since the legendary David Akers put one through the uprights. For three years they’ve suffered through sub-standard play at the position, courtesy of Alex Henery. RIP Alex Henery as an #Eagles player. We hardly knew...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions capsule

DETROIT LIONS (7-9) New faces: Coach Jim Caldwell, WR Golden Tate, S James Ihedigbo, CB Cassius Vaughn, rookie TE Eric Ebron. Key Losses: S Louis Delmas, WR Nate Burleson, CB Chris Houston, DE Willie Young, K David Akers. Strengths: WR, OL, DL. Weaknesses: DB, K. What's New: Lions hired Caldwell hoping he can guide talented roster to playoffs after Detroit collapsed down stretch...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions kickers are struggling in training camp

LThe Detroit Lions are finishing up their first week of training camp. There are already some interesting story lines developing throughout camp, including some positional questions. One position Lions fans have been spoiled at has been kicker. After the long careers of Jason Hanson and Eddie Murray, two of the most reliable kickers of all time, the Lions got used to great play from...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions training camp preview: special teams

With the Detroit Lions opening training camp Monday, here are three storylines to follow for the special-teams units: FIRST DOWN Most of the focus this offseason has centered on fixing Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh's contract status and the cornerback situation. But there's another pressing issue not getting quite as much attention that will be crucial to the Lions' season. More...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions preview

DETROIT LIONS 2013: 7-9, third place in NFC North. Head coach: Jim Caldwell, first year with Lions. Key departures: CB Chris Houston, S Louis Delmas, WR Nate Burleson, DE Willie Young, PK David Akers, QB Shaun Hill and S John Wendling (special-teams captain). Key arrivals: WR Golden Tate, S James Ihedigbo, TE Eric Ebron, LB Kyle Van Noy, PK Nate Freese, QB Dan Orlovsky, FB Jed Collins...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 11) Detroit @ Arizona: If At First You Don't Succeed...

And we're off to the desert again. Last year, the Lions made this trip toward the beginning of the season. This year they make the trip in the second half. This will be a good benchmark game for the Caldwell regime. This is exactly the type of game that Jim Caldwell was hired for. Why? Because the Lions did more to lose that game than the Cardinals did to win it. When you review...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Does the USA men’s soccer team give hope to a team like the Detroit Lions?

General manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand believe that this years version of the Detroit Lions has a chance to not only make the playoffs but reach and win the super bowl. Very bold on their parts considering the Lions have never even won the NFC North. As we prepare for the beginning of today’s world cup game though, nobody thought that the USA men’s soccer...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Will one of these kickers be drafted by the Detroit Lions?

The Detroit Lions need a kicker. The performance of veteran David Akers was not inspiring last year and the Lions have no proven player on their roster to take the position. Though kickers and punters are rarely drafted, with a few notable exceptions, the Lions did use their 5th round pick last year on punter Sam Martin which worked out great for general manager Martin Mayhew. There...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Won’t Be Re-Signing K David Akers

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports that the Detroit Lions won’t re-sign veteran K David Akers this offseason. Lions GM Martin Mayhew mentioned during the NFL Scouting Combine that they were not planning to bring Akers back next year, so this is really just a confirmation, per Tim Twentyman. Detroit signed kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio to future/reserve deals back...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Akers released, Ebron Lobbys to become a Lion and Ford ranked as one of worst owners

Detroit Lions -David Akers among 5 Lions released. (READ) -Eric Ebron expresses his desire to become the Lions new TE. (READ) -Are the Lions really close to being a playoff team? (READ) -Help for Johnson must come via free agency. (READ) National Columns - The top-10 wide receivers in the NFL Draft. (READ) - POWER RANKINGS: Rating each owner from 1-32. ((READ) - The 10 greatest moments...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

David Akers among 5 players released by Lions today

It has been an extremely active for the Detroit Lions in regards to their roster, though most of the moves were expected. The Lions cut ties with five players today, most notably, kicker David Akers. Others released were all reserves including special teams ace John Wendling, defensive end Isreal Idonije, offensive lineman Dylan Gandy and backup linebacker Rocky McIntosh. Coach Jim...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

David Akers among free agents the Lions won’t bring back

Lions GM Martin Mayhew announced today that veteran free agent kicker David Akers would not be brought back. This is according to Kyle Meinke of Mlive.com. The 39-year old Akers, although named a team captain was pretty unimpressive in 2013. He connected on 19-of-24 field goals and 7 touchbacks on 14 kick off attempts. In addition the Lions also signed kickers John Potter and Giorgio...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Will Not Be Bringing Back K David Akers & DE Israel Idonije Next Season

Lions GM Martin Mayhew mentioned on Friday that they will not be re-signing either free agent K David Akers or DE Israel Idonije, per Tim Twentyman. Mayhew also mentioned Dylan Gandy, Rocky McIntosh, and John Wendling as other players who won’t return for the 2014 season. Akers, 39, converted 19-of-24 field goals for the Lions this past season. He didn’t find much interest...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

You can’t spell past without PAT

Some things in life are just automatic. The sun rises in the east. You have to pay taxes. You die eventually. Extra points nearly belong in the category but that might not for much longer. According to ESPN, commissioner Roger Goddell is considering having the league’s competition committee abolish the PAT. On the surface this makes sense. Last season, there were a total of five...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

YouTube sensation ‘Kickalicious’ had another NFL tryout

With starting kicker Jay Feely pushing 40 years old and headed for free agency, the Arizona Cardinals are wasting no time looking for his replacement. And apparently, they’re looking to YouTube to find him. The Cardinals hosted a tryout for internet sensation Havard Rugland, who is more commonly known as ‘Kickalicious’ on Wednesday. Rugland, 29, impressed many people on YouTube...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Lions season ends mercilessly

In case you missed it: Columns from the cover32 universe to get you ready for Wild Card Weekend. Here is the week around the playoff-less Detroit Lions. Detroit Lions - Season finale a microcosm of the Lions’ season (READ) - Jim Schwartz is finally let go (READ) - Moments that defined the Lions’ season (READ) - David Akers’ saga is not appreciated in Detroit (READ) National...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Akers’s saga under appreciated in Detroit

It has been almost a decade since Kurt Warner’s story first touched the NFL. The player who endured a non-traditional path both in football and life stood tall as the key piece of “the Greatest Show on Turf.” However, Warner’s story looked like it had gone bleak after being replaced by three younger quarterbacks in three years with three different franchises. Warner’s second...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2013 Lions have a chance to right past wrongs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Like it or not, part of being a Detroit Lion is trying to overcome the horrific past. This 2013 edition has a chance to do just that over the final month of the season. The Lions are in position to win a division title and host a playoff game for the first time in two decades. Receiver Nate Burleson reacted Tuesday as if he didn't realize it had been that long...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 Lions have a chance to right past wrongs

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Like it or not, part of being a Detroit Lion is trying to overcome the horrific past. This 2013 edition has a chance to do just that over the final month of the season. The Lions are in position to win a division title and host a playoff game for the first time in two decades. Receiver Nate Burleson reacted Tuesday as if he didn't realize it had been that long...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

The Lions work out ‘Kickalicious’ again on Monday

According to USA Today blog For the Win, the Lions once again tried out YouTube sensation Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland. Rugland, who was on the Lions’ preseason roster before being cut in favor of veteran David Akers, was brought in to Allen Park for another look on Monday along with two other free agent kickers, Olindo Mare and Justin Medlock. Rugland obviously is the name...
Via The Majors Detroit
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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