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'...
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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

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

Detroit Lions cutting ties with 5 players, including kicker David Akers

Embattled Detroit Lions kicker David Akers is among five veterans who were informed by general manager Martin Mayhew they will not return next season. Safety John Wendling, defensive end Israel Idonije, offensive lineman Dylan Gandy, and linebacker Rocky McIntosh also are out. Mayhew would not discuss the future of players who he has not yet personally talked to. That includes...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions worked out three more veteran kickers

The Detroit Lions are basically telling David Akers he has one last shot. The Lions have brought in six kickers this week. They have not signed one , but if Akers misses this week, be sure to see one signed next week. @RavensInsider: Lions worked out Shayne Graham, Neil Rackers, Giorgio Tavecchio
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Kickalicious gets another chance to try out for Lions

Lions kicker David Akers has struggled this season, ranking near the bottom of the league in field goal percentage (75.0 percent). He was bad again last week, missing a 31-yarder in the eventual Lions victory. As such, it wouldn't have been surprising to see the organization bring in kickers this week to try them out and see if any could replace Akers. Like a YouTube sensation...
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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...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Kickalicous gets another shot with Lions

Havard "Kickalicous" Rugland confirmed on Twitter that he was one of the kickers who had a tryout Monday with the Detroit Lions. Had a workout with Detroit Lions this morning. Thankful for the opportunity. I appreciate all the support I get from you guys on twitter!! Hvard Rugland (@MrRugland) December 2, 2013 Rugland, a fan favorite after his popular Youtube video,...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions worked out two veteran kickers today; Akers could be on his way out?

David Akers missed a short field goal on Thanksgiving against the Green Bay Packers, and maybe that is why the Lions are working out several veterans. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions worked out veteran Olindo Mare and Justin Medlock on Monday. Mare was with the Chicago Bears for three games this […]
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions still behind David Akers but working out other kickers

David Akers is still the kicker for the Detroit Lions for now. Akers missed his fifth field goal attempt of the season in Thanksgiving Day’s win over the Green Bay Packers. On the season Akers is 15-of-20 following a season in which he struggled as the kicker of the San Francisco 49ers. Just before halftime on Thanksgiving Day, Akers missed a 31 yard attempt. “I told him after...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions stick behind David Akers, but will try out kickers next week

Jim Schwartz gave embattled kicker David Akers a public vote of confidence after he missed his fifth kick of the season in Thursday’s 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers, but the Detroit Lions are planning to work out kickers next week as they weigh their options at the position. Akers, who signed a one-year deal to replace long-time kicker Jason Hanson in April, has made just...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

David Akers and the Detroit Lions tried to fake a field goal and it went horribly wrong

Sometimes when you lead by 4 points, it’s better to just kick the field goal. David Akers looked like he was going to kick the field goal and instead the holder ran and would have gotten the first down against the Pittsburgh Steelers except the Detriot Lion holder fumbled the ball the Steelers were able […]
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Kicks devastate Detroit Lions as Bengals win 27-24

Kicker Mike Nugent hits a 54-yard game-winning field goal over the Lions (Photo Credit: Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports) The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Detroit Lions 27-24 off a game-winning field goal by Bengals Mike Nugent. With two teams this evenly matched the unexpected is bound to be an x-factor.  Today the kicking game killed the Lions. It was not quarterback Matthew Stafford’s...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Shades of 2012: Detroit Lions’ David Akers misfires on three

The look on Detroit Lions’ kicker David Akers’ face was the same, and the so the look on his head coach’s face was similar to Jim Harbaugh’s face last season.  Akers looked frustrated and concerned.  Head coach Jim Schwartz appeared stunned and irritated.  Some folks are already wondering where Havard Rugland is when you need him. The Lions attempted to keep Rugland via...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Kickalicious cut because he made field goals consistently different

Less than a year ago, Harvard Rugland was a Norwegian YouTube sensation. He showed to the world his uncanny accuracy as a kicker. He was so good, that even NFL QBs couldn’t duplicate his crazy placement while throwing the ball, instead. The fame he received from it earned him a contract and training camp invite from the Detroit Lions. But, like 40 other players attempting to make...
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August 28, 2013  |  1 Comment

Lions release 'Kickalicious,' Akers to start a kicker

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- It was fun while it lasted. Havard Rugland, affectionately known as Kickalicious, created a cult following with his YouTube trick-kick video and bid to make the Detroit Lions roster as a replacement for the retired Jason Hanson. Rugland displayed a strong leg and was impressive throughout training camp, but he couldnt compete with David Akers 15 years of NFL...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Lions Cut ‘Kickalicious’ Kicker Havard Rugland, Clear Way to Give Veteran David Akers the Job

Maybe it had to be done, but the Lions’ latest roster move sort of feels like Santa Claus getting cut and a UPS deliveryman taking his place. Detroit will be a much less magical place with Kickalicious gone. The Lions have decided to move on from kicker Havard Rugland, known as “Kickalicious,” according to Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman. The move clears the way for Detroit...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

“Kickalicious” Cut by Detroit Lions, Akers Wins Kicking Job

The Detroit Lions cut “Kickalicious,” aka Havard Rugland, from their roster today, ending the legend of the Norwegian trick kicker and all but guaranteeing David Akers wins the job. A surprise addition to the Lions’ roster in April, after he was discovered by the front office through a YouTube video, Rugland was surprisingly good in the preseason. With a long of 50-yards in...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Video of the Week: Havard Rugland

Sports Fans, Who is excited for the return of football? I personally can’t wait, and have been watching a good amount of preseason football for some reason. My favorite team is the Lions and while watching one of their games and with the help of writer Eric Huberman, I stumbled upon my new favorite Lion. He hails from Norway and his name is Havard Rugland a.k.a Kickalicious. He...
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Training Camp Toss-up: Does Havard Rugland or David Akers Win the Kicking Job?

With training camp underway for the Detroit Lions and the preseason approaching, we’re putting some positional battles under the microscope with a series of Toss-ups … Training Camp Toss-up, No. 2: Who wins the battle to replace Jason Hanson at kicker, exicting Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland or veteran signee David Akers? Max DeMara: David Akers is the more steady, known commodity...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

A healthy Akers would provide experienced replacement

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...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

A healthy Akers would provide experienced replacement

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...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Akers being pushed by Rugland for Lions vacancy?

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...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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