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Tuesday open thread: Is the Lions’ 2021 kicker currently on the roster?

Both current candidates have struggled thus far in camp.

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We said we appreciated Matt Prater. When he would go out and make kicks from 50-55 yards look and feel automatic, we said we didn’t take it for granted.

We took it for granted.

Question of the day: Is the Detroit Lions’ 2021 kicker currently on the roster?

My answer: I sure hope not.

I’ve been anti-Randy Bullock since this regime signed him to his overpriced contract earlier in the offseason. I really wanted Matthew Wright to shine through and stake his claim for the kicker spot, but both have struggled at a very underwhelming level thus far.

At this point, the Lions have a lot more sunk cost in Bullock, so barring a newcomer, that’s likely who they’ll go with if both continue to struggle. Neither Wright nor Bullock are a long-term answer though, and should the Lions roll with either of them I would not be surprised if by the halfway point of the season we see a change.

This feels a lot like the notorious Nate Freese era, where we’ll see a few names cycle through before the Lions find a guy they like. I understand that not everyone is Matt Prater, but 50 yards should not be this much to ask in today’s NFL.

Poll

Is the Lions’ 2021 kicker currently on the roster?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Yes
    (81 votes)
  • 80%
    No
    (330 votes)
411 votes total Vote Now