With the Detroit Lions searching for another new kicker after releasing Alex Henery, they have scheduled a workout for Tuesday. We found out earlier that Jay Feely will take part in the workout, and now we can go ahead and add Matt Prater and Connor Barth to the list as well.
One more kicker at tomorrow's workout: Connor Barth will join Jay Feely and Matt Prater. #Lions— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 6, 2014
Prater was just released by the Denver Broncos last week, and he seemingly makes the most sense for the Lions. Prater actually began his NFL career with the Lions in 2006 as an undrafted free agent, and he was the best kicker in the NFL last season, going 25-for-26 (96.2 percent) on field goals with a long of 64 yards (an NFL record). Over the course of his entire career, Prater has made 81.6 percent of his field goal attempts.
Barth hasn't kicked in a regular-season game since 2012, as he missed the entire 2013 season with a torn Achilles. In 2012, Barth went 28-for-33 (84.8 percent), and he's made 84.2 percent of his kicks in his entire career. Those are pretty impressive numbers, but Barth was beat out by a younger kicker after returning to action for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past preseason.
At this point, it looks like the Lions will sign Feely, Prater or Barth. Prater has the most recent success to point to, especially when you consider that he was a part of a team that went to the Super Bowl last season. Then again, he is coming off a suspension for alleged off-the-field issues involving alcohol, so the Lions will have to consider more than just his on-field performance.
At any rate, the Lions should have a new kicker in place by Tuesday afternoon.