With rookie Nate Freese missing three field goals in his first two NFL games, the Detroit Lions are beginning to take a look at their other options at kicker. There has been no indication just yet that Freese is going to be released, but the Lions brought in three kickers for a workout on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter.
Lions kicking around idea of new kicker, worked out Rob Bironas, Alex Henery, and Garrett Hartley, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2014
Here's a look at each kicker's career field goal numbers and how they performed last season:
- Rob Bironas: 85.7% career | 25-for-29 in 2013 (86.2%)
- Alex Henery: 86.0% career | 23-for-28 in 2013 (82.1%)
- Garrett Hartley: 81.2% career | 22-for-30 in 2013 (73.3%)
Bironas seemingly has the most impressive numbers considering he was the Tennessee Titans' kicker from 2005-13. Henery has a slightly better career percentage, but he's only been in the NFL since 2011 (all three of his seasons were with the Philadelphia Eagles). Hartley is in between Bironas and Henery in terms of experience, as he spent time with the New Orleans Saints from 2008-13.
Just because the Lions worked out some kickers doesn't mean that one of them is going to be signed this week. It's possible that Freese could get one more chance to turn things around, and if he starts making his kicks, a change obviously wouldn't be needed. Then again, the Lions could say enough is enough right now and simply make a change on Tuesday by cutting Freese and adding one of these kickers. Their exact plans are unclear, but we should get a pretty good idea of what they're going to do once the official NFL transactions report is released later on Tuesday.