Ok guys...I have been arguing with my boss about this for a couple of weeks, so i want to get it out here and see what the consensus is on POD. Question: Is it feasible for the Lions to keep both Dave Rayner and Jason Hanson on the 53 man roster? More after the jump...
Wade Richey - Wade handled both kickoffs and long field goal duties for the Ravens in 2003 AND 2004.
While it is obvious that it is somewhat of a rarity for an NFL team to keep 2 placekickers on their roster, it has been done many times in NFL history and it was done as recently as the 2010 season. In 2010 the Dallas Cowboys kept 2 placekickers on their roster, David Buehler and Kris Brown, one for kickoffs and the other for field goals.
Will the Lions keep 2 placekickers in 2011? Maybe, maybe not. It is not out of the realm of possibility, and it is not so far fetched that it would be seen as ineffective or inefficient. The Lions kept NINE defensive backs on the 53 man roster last season, and it very likely cost the Lions a win when Jason Hanson was injured in the Jets game last year. Suh came in to kick in place of Hanson and missed an extra point that forced overtime. The Jets scored on their first possession in OT, and the Lions lost the game. Why? Because they did not have a second kicker who could come in and bang home an extra point, which is usually a 90% surety to be made when a regular kicker attempts it. Had Rayner been on the roster when Hanson went down in the Jets game, BOOYAH the Lions win. Q.E.D.