The Detroit Lions held a workout for kickers, punters and long snappers on Tuesday. Going into the workout, they didn't have any specialists under contract for next season. While kicker Jason Hanson and long snapper Don Muhlbach are expected back, there was a void at punter given Nick Harris' struggles last season.
For now, the Lions have filled that void by signing Blake Clingan, who was one of the punters at Tuesday's tryout. Clingan played at UCF in college and was an undrafted free agent back in 2011. He hasn't actually played in the NFL yet, so the Lions are giving him his first shot at playing professional football.
Clingan's numbers at UCF from 2007-10 weren't out of this world by any means, but Tim Twentyman reports that Clingan was impressive during Tuesday's tryout.
The Lions had to keep asking Clingan to move back during the tryout because he kept hitting the top of the indoor facilities roof.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 5, 2013
This move means that the Lions now have a punter on their roster. Will Clingan actually stick and become the starter? That remains to be seen. The Lions could still end up drafting a punter, and at the very least they could add an undrafted free agent to compete with Clingan for the starting job.
For those interested, here are a couple highlight videos of Clingan: