There have not been many bright spots for the Detroit Lions in 2018, but one of those bright spots will officially miss the remainder of the season with injury.
According to the team, defensive lineman DA’Shawn has been placed on Reserve/Injured and will miss remainder of his rookie campaign.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 18, 2018
From Detroit Lions:
The Detroit Lions announced today that they have placed DL Da’Shawn Hand (knee) on Reserve/Injured. In addition, the team announced that they’ve signed DT John Atkins to the active roster from the practice squad and signed free agent WR Brandon Reilly to the practice squad.
Atkins joins the active roster after spending a portion of this season on the team’s practice squad. Currently in his rookie season, Atkins originally entered the NFL with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia.
Reilly joins the Lions after most recently spending the offseason program and preseason with the Buffalo Bills. Originally signing with the Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska in 2017, Reilly split his rookie season between the team’s practice squad and active roster.
Jason Hanson vs. Matt Prater: Who is the greatest Detroit Lions’ kicker of all-time?
While browsing Twitter this afternoon, I came across a series of tweets debating whether Jason Hanson or Matt Prater is the greatest Detroit Lions‘ kicker of all-time. My immediate response was that Prater is the best the Lions have ever had but that was based solely on his percentage of makes from 50 yards and out.
That being said, I figured it would only be fair if I took a closer look before jumping to such a decisive conclusion.
As you probably already know if you clicked on this, Jason Hanson spent 21 seasons with the Lions. During that time, he was selected to the Pro Bowl on two occasions (1997 and 1999) and he was always considered to be one of the most consistent kickers in the league. In his career, Hanson made 495 field goals (23.57 per season), including a career-best 34 in 1993.
As far as Prater goes, he is currently in his 12th season (5th season with the Lions), and like Hanson, he has been selected to two Pro Bowls (2013 and 2016). So far in his career, Prater has drilled 270 field goals (22.5 per season), including a career-best 31 in 2016 with the Lions.
You never know with kickers, but chances are that Prater, who is 34, will not play another nine seasons to match Hanson and likely will not end up with as many career field goals.
*Note: Prater still has two games remaining in 2018
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