After Jason Hanson suffered an injury against the Jets last season, Dave Rayner took over the kicking job for the last part of the season and performed quite well. In fact, he played well enough to receive a tendered contract offer from the Detroit Lions before the lockout began, showing that the team wants to bring him back, at least for training camp and the preseason.
The expectation all offseason has been that Hanson will be the kicker if he is healthy. That still is the situation, and Rayner's mindset as the offseason continues is that he will try his best and be ready to go if called upon.
"My mindset is that I can't do anything about Jason, he is who he is and he's been here forever. I'm just trying to do the right things for me to be ready and I'm doing that," Rayner said. "If they knew he was going to be healthy and back to 100 percent, I wouldn't even be here. I'm looking at it like there's a reason -- they tendered me -- so I'm going to come in and do what I can and see what happens."
Even if Rayner isn't called upon in 2011, he said, "Hopefully, I'm the next guy." Considering how long Lions kickers usually hold their position and this is Rayner's first real chance at some career stability, you can imagine why he wants to stick around in the future.