Detroit Lions cut both kickers to establish initial 53-man roster
Posted On August 31, 2021
The kicking situation was so bad that the Detroit Lions kicked position, at least when it came to defining their initial 53-man roster.
The Lions released kickers Randy Bullock and Zane Gonzalez on Tuesday, leaving them without kickers currently under contract.
Bullock and Gonzalez, who signed in mid-August, struggled during training camp practices, and the Lions will now look for a replacement on the edge of the waiver.
Rookie Jake Verity, who was dismissed by the Baltimore Ravens, and veteran Michael Badgley, who was eliminated by the Los Angeles Chargers, are two possibilities.
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The Lions, who have enjoyed extreme stability as a kicker for most of the past four decades – Eddie Murray, Jason Hanson and Matt Prater have held the position for 40 of the past 41 years – should be active as they churn out the full-back. their roster for non-kicker positions when waiver requests are granted on Wednesday.
They currently only have two tight ends and eight offensive linemen on their roster, but will re-sign some of Tuesday’s cuts to the practice squad.
“I think the bottom line here is that (just because one player is part of the initial 53-player roster) doesn’t mean that’s who we ride with throughout. season, “Lions coach Dan Campbell said on Monday. “There are going to be guys who are going to be part of our team who are not even in the building yet. It will probably happen. There is a good chance that this will happen.
The Lions made 20 strokes in all on Tuesday, removing 18 players, placing Jashon Cornell on the reserve / suspended list and trading to wide receiver Trinity Benson. They’ll free up an extra spot in the roster on Wednesday when they put quarterback Tim Boyle (thumb broken) on the injured list.
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