Lions

Lions Give ‘Kickalicious’ Another Tryout After 31-Yard Miss By Akers

View Comments
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 09:  Havard Rugland #3 of the Detroit Lions kicks a 49 yard field goal during the third quarter of the pre-season game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on August 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 09: Havard Rugland #3 of the Detroit Lions kicks a 49 yard field goal during the third quarter of the pre-season game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on August 9, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

AshleyDunkak Ashley Dunkak
Ashley writes feature stories and news articles about the Lions,...
Read More

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up
Lions Central
Buy Lions Tickets
Sun Oct.19
Home vs New Orleans Saints
findticketsbtn Lions Give Kickalicious Another Tryout After 31 Yard Miss By Akers
Sun Oct.26
Away vs Atlanta Falcons
findticketsbtn Lions Give Kickalicious Another Tryout After 31 Yard Miss By Akers
Sun Nov.9
Home vs Miami Dolphins
findticketsbtn Lions Give Kickalicious Another Tryout After 31 Yard Miss By Akers

By Ashley Dunkak

@AshleyDunkak

DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – The Norwegian YouTube sensation is back in Detroit – at least temporarily. Havard Rugland, who competed with veteran kicker David Akers for the Detroit Lions job throughout summer and training camp, tweeted Monday afternoon that he had a workout with the Lions.

NFL teams bring in players every week for workouts, but Rugland’s presence could have something to do with a recent poor performance by Akers, whose completion percentage is tied for 28th in the league.

Akers has made 15 of 20 attempts. Two of his misses have come in the 30-39-yard range, while the other three missed were in the range of 40 to 49 yards. Akers missed wide right from 31 yards in the Thanksgiving Day game.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz expressed continued confidence in Akers after the game.

“I told him after halftime that if we need a game-winner we’re going to put him right back up,” Schwartz said. “We’re not going to be going for it on fourth down. I think he just tried to baby that one a little bit. You watch his next extra point, he stepped up, he drilled it. He bounced back.

“What’s the difference between that and Reggie fumbling or Matt throwing an interception?” Schwartz continued. “Those kind of things happen in a game, and you have to be able to bounce back from them. We have a lot of confidence that David bounced back.”

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,993 other followers