Despite all the hype, Havard Rugland is a dark horse to make the final roster.
Perhaps no one faces stiffer competition or more questions about his ability on game days.
The Lions signed future Hall of Famer David Akers to replace Jason Hanson, who retired this offseason. Akers is recovering from a groin injury that was blamed for his poor showing in San Francisco last season.
If healthy, he's a near lock to make the final roster.
On the other hand, Rugland, the YouTube sensation, has a cannon for a leg and, so far, has proven to be very accurate. Training camp will ultimately prove whether he can replicate that accuracy in live action.
If he does, the Lions will have a difficult decision to make.
Akers might be the safe choice, but is he the best one at this point in his career? Injuries have already impacted his production, and who's to say he can recover and remain consistent for a whole year?
Rugland is potentially the Lions' long-term solution at the position, but it might be simply the wrong time for the Lions to take a chance on his inexperience. They're looking to make a serious push back to the playoffs, and Akers is a logical choice.
Rugland has a chance, but it's a slim one at best.