With the Detroit Lions re-signing Matt Prater back in March, they are all set at kicker going into the 2015 season. This is extremely good news considering what a disaster the kicker position was for the Lions last year before they finally ended up with Prater. In order to avoid a similar situation this year, they made re-signing Prater a priority.
Although the Lions are set at kicker, they still brought in Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza for a workout/visit on Tuesday. Brindza is actually from the state of Michigan -- he went to Plymouth High School -- so he doesn't technically count as one of the Lions' 30 pre-draft visits.
Had a solid workout and visit with the hometown team this morning. Thank you @Lions for hosting me today!— Kyle C. Brindza (@kylebrindza) April 14, 2015
According to Tim Twentyman, the Lions had Brindza kick, punt and do kickoffs during his workout. Why bother with such an extensive workout when the Lions are already set at both kicker and punter? Well, they almost always go into training camp with an extra kicker and punter on their roster to share the reps with their starters, so that's why they are likely looking at Brindza. He could be signed as an undrafted free agent and serve as an extra camp body, and if Prater or Sam Martin were to get injured, the Lions would have someone potentially ready to step in.
At Notre Dame, by the way, Brindza finished his career with 57 makes on 81 field goal attempts (70.4 percent). He made 117 of his 119 extra points, and he averaged 41.3 yards on 94 career punts.