The Detroit Lions shocked a lot of people—but not us—by releasing both of the kickers on their roster. After neither Randy Bullock nor Zane Gonzalez made the Lions’ 53-man roster, it’s left everyone wondering what they will do at kicker.
Lions head coach Dan Campbell discussed the situation on the radio show Tiki and Tierney shortly after the roster cuts on Tuesday. Campbell opened up with a joke.
“Well, we’re going to go for two a lot and go for it on fourth,” Campbell said.
“No, it’s a good question. We’ve got our eyes on a couple guys, and we’ll see where this thing goes. Until we know exactly what we’re going to do, I’m just going to reserve that right now. We had a competition and we’re just going to wait and see how this thing plays out.”
The Lions could very well just bring back Bullock or Gonzalez if they’re still interested. Because both are veterans, neither are subject to the waiver wire. It’s entirely possible they told either player that they simply needed the roster spot temporarily, and once they make another move—like placing quarterback Tim Boyle on injured reserve—they will bring them back.
However, there are also some intriguing options from other teams who may be one of the players Campbell said he’s got his eyes on. First and foremost, former Ravens kicker Jake Verity should be on Detroit’s short list. Verity was unlikely to ever unseat Ravens legendary kicker Justin Tucker, but the undrafted rookie was good in the preseason. He had makes from 25, 42, 44, and 53, but one miss from 40 yards. Other options include former Patriots kicker Nick Folk, former Panther Joey Slye or former Bengal Austin Seibert.