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Lions training camp: Havard Rugland connects from deep

Havard Rugland showed off his kicking leg in a big way on the fourth day of Detroit Lions training camp.

Leon Halip

The Detroit Lions' kicking competition resumed on Monday morning. Just like on Saturday, David Akers and Havard Rugland each got four field goal attempts. How did the two kickers perform on Monday? Quite well, actually.

Let's start with Akers. He went 4-for-4 on Saturday, and that was also the case on Monday. Akers was perfect on his four field goals, and he had a long of 40 yards, according to Josh Katzenstein.

Rugland really stole the show on Monday. He made all four of his field goal attempts, and he actually made one from 58 yards out. There was a bit of a buzz about Rugland's leg strength on Saturday as well, but it's believed he only went 3-for-4 on his field goals. (There was some uncertainty over whether that missed attempt may have actually been good.) On Monday, though, Rugland was perfect, and he showed off his leg strength as well.

It's important to remember that the Lions didn't wear pads during practice on Monday, and it's also important to remember that this happened in a practice. Until the preseason arrives and Rugland gets a chance to kick in a live game, we won't truly get a good indication of where he stands in this competition.

And one other important thing to remember: Akers made a 63-yard field goal at Lambeau Field last season. It remains to be seen if Akers has that much leg strength after dealing with injuries during the 2012 season, but he has shown an ability to connect from deep as well in the past.

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