Carolina Panthers Welcome Former Kickoff Specialist Rhys Lloyd Back To The Team

David ScercyCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2010

Place kicker Rhys Lloyd is back in action with the Carolina Panthers
Place kicker Rhys Lloyd is back in action with the Carolina PanthersKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It is no secret that Carolina Panther head coach John Fox is a man of field position. So it should be no surprise to Panther fans that the Carolina Panthers signed former kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd Tuesday to handle all kickoff duties for the team.

For the '08 and '09 seasons Lloyd kicked off the tee for Carolina, booming kicks deep into opposing end zones and establishing a reputation in the NFL for his leg strength. Lloyd booted 30 touchbacks in 2008, the most in the NFL. In '09 he put 41 in the end zone, recording 21 touchbacks.

In the '10 offseason, Lloyd signed with Minnesota Vikings as an unrestricted free agent, but was waived during the final round of roster cuts. Lloyd only recorded two touchbacks for Minnesota in the preseason, both coming in Minnesota's final game.

Carolina waived kicker Todd Carter to make room for Lloyd on the roster. Carter continued to suffer with a tight back and was only given one chance at a kickoff Sunday against the Giants, kicking off to the New York 10 yard line.

The signing of Lloyd should help the kickoff coverage of Carolina, which struggled terribly in the preseason. That is of course assuming that Lloyd still has the leg to consistently find the end zone off the tee.

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