Pop quiz, hotshot...if the season started today, name Detroit's starting placekicker. No Google or Bing allowed.
If you didn't name either Giorgio Tavecchio or John Potter, you're not alone.
Right now, those two would stage a camp battle to be the rightful heir to the 30-plus-year throne of Eddie Murray and Jason Hanson. Let's just forget about the underwhelming David Akers experiment of 2013.
It would help erase Akers' performance if the Lions had made a bolder statement than sticking with two unestablished youngsters on futures contracts. But that's where Detroit sits today.
Granted, the free-agent-kicker market wasn't exactly hopping. Of the top 13 free-agent kickers, according to Rotoworld, per Nick Mensio, all but three re-signed with their old teams. One of the three unsigned is Akers, who will not be back.
Now the Lions are going to go to battle with the Tavecchio/Potter winner or, perhaps, a rookie like Cairo Santos or Jeff Budzien.
Maybe, just maybe, last season's preseason fan sensation "Kickalicious," aka Havard Rugland, will make a triumphant return. Even so, the Lions will not have any experienced options to line up for game-winning kicks this fall.
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