Just two days away from the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have made a signing. On Tuesday morning they announced punter Kasey Redfern has agreed to terms with the team.
Redfern graduated from Wofford College in 2013 and went undrafted the following year. Since joining the league, he has had brief stints with the Jaguars, Chargers, Panthers and Browns. At one point, Redfern was packaged with a future fourth-round pick and sent to the Browns for a different punter—Andy Lee—and a seventh-round pick.
Though Redfern has yet to appear in a game in the NFL, he was a pretty reliable special teamer at Wofford. There he not only handled punting duties, but he acted as kicker, as well, taking care of kickoffs and field goals. In his senior year, he averaged 42.4 yards per punt, ranking him fourth in the Southern Conference. He also made six of 10 field goals and 26 of 28 extra points in 2013.
Assuming there is no secret injury to Sam Martin, Redfern will be nothing more than a camp body for Detroit. Martin is coming off what would have been a Pro Bowl year, had Rams punter Johnny Hekker not had a record-breaking year with Los Angeles.
That being said, Redfern’s ability to play both punter and kicker will give Martin and kicker Matt Prater some time to rest during workouts, OTAs and eventually training camp.