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Lions scouting report: Kyle Brindza

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A look at Detroit Lions undrafted free agent Kyle Brindza and how he fits into the team's plans in 2015.

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K Kyle Brindza (Notre Dame) - Undrafted free agent

We have finally reached the end of our Detroit Lions scouting report series. The final player we are taking a look at is Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza, who signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent.

Measurables

Height: 6-foot-0 | Weight: 239 pounds

Stats

2012: 23/31 FG, 28/29 XP
2013: 20/26 FG, 38/38 XP
2014: 14/24 FG, 51/52 XP

(via Sports-Reference.com)

Random fact

Brindza is from Canton, Mich., and he attended Plymouth High School.

What the experts are saying

NFL.com:

STRENGTHS Punted, kicked field goals and handled kickoffs for Notre Dame. Has requisite power in his leg by NFL standards. Averaged 63.4 yards per kickoff with a 64.2 percent touchback mark.

WEAKNESSES Passive on kick coverage. Unlikely to be a reliable last line of defense against stray returns. Made just 58.3 percent of his kicks in 2014. Struggled late in games -- five of his 10 misses last season came in the fourth quarter or overtime.

CBS Sports:

STRENGTHS: Legitimate NFL leg strength and mental toughness to make the critical kick. Good overall athlete for a kicker. Can serve as an emergency punter if a team is in a pinch, and started at both positions at Notre Dame the past two seasons. Can handle pressure and kick in bad weather.

WEAKNESSES: Must prove to NFL scouts that his sophomore and junior seasons are the real measuring stick of his potential, rather than the inconsistency of 2014 when he made just 5 of his 11 field-goal attempts of 40-plus yards. Could surprise if he stays in a good groove, but not overly productive from long distance.

Pro Football Focus:

Went 15-24 on FGs with all misses coming under 50 yards, including four under 40 yards.

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Outlook for 2015

Unless Matt Prater suffers an injury or slips up again off the field, there's basically no chance of Brindza making the team this year. However, with a strong showing in training camp and the preseason, Brindza could potentially earn a job elsewhere in the NFL.

Previous scouting reports

Draft picks: OG Laken TomlinsonRB Ameer AbdullahCB Alex CarterDT Gabe WrightFB Michael BurtonCB Quandre DiggsOT Corey Robinson

UDFAs: QB Anthony BooneRB Zach ZennerRB Desmond MartinRB Rasheed WilliamsWR Vernon JohnsonWR Jared HagginsTE Casey PierceOG Al BondOG Torrian WilsonLB Kevin SnyderS Isaiah JohnsonS Brian Suite