Detroit Lions sign Michael Badgley to practice squad
When you look up and down the Detroit Lions‘ current roster, there is no question about it that one of the biggest question marks is their kicking situation. When the Lions' initial 53-man roster was released, Riley Patterson was listed as the kicker, but, according to reports, the team was/is actively looking for an upgrade. Just moments ago, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that the Lions have brought back K Michael Badgley by signing him to their practice squad.
Why it Matters
Prior to the start of Training Camp, the Lions announced that they had released Badgley, making him an unrestricted free agent. Instead, the Lions elected to roll with Riley Patterson and Parker Romo as their kickers. Long story short, Romo has been cut and Patterson has left much to be desired, especially when it comes to kicking longer field goals. The Lions are reportedly one of the teams that was/is considering a trade to add another kicker to the mix, so the position seems far from set.
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- The Detroit Lions' kicking situation remains one of the most prominent uncertainties on their current roster, with Riley Patterson listed as the kicker but reports suggest the team is actively seeking an improvement.
- Although Michael Badgley was previously released by the Lions before training camp began, making him an unrestricted free agent, recent reports from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press indicate he has now been re-signed to the team's practice squad.
- The Lions' prior kicker choices—Riley Patterson and Parker Romo—have proven to be less than satisfactory. With Romo being released and Patterson's performance, particularly with longer field goals, being questionable, the Lions are reportedly contemplating trade options to further strengthen the position.