Unexpected Twist in Detroit Lions’ Kicker Saga at OTAs

The Detroit Lions Held OTAs on Thursday

As the Detroit Lions proceed through their offseason activities, the question of whether to sign a new kicker has been a hot topic among fans and analysts. The spotlight has recently focused on Jake Bates, the USFL’s Michigan Panthers standout kicker, known for his impressive long-range field goals at Ford Field. However, the latest developments from the Lions’ OTAs might just shift this narrative.

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Unexpected Twist

During Thursday’s OTA session, current Lions kicker Michael Badgley demonstrated significant improvements, particularly in his leg strength, which has been a concern in the past. According to Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press, Badgley successfully hit two long field goals, from 53 and 60 yards, during the team’s situational drills. This performance is particularly noteworthy as it showcases an enhancement in range, complementing his well-known accuracy.

Jake Bates: The Emerging Talent

Jake Bates has been turning heads in the USFL with his ability to consistently make field goals over 60 yards. His prowess has not only won him many admirers but has also sparked discussions about his NFL prospects. Many fans and pundits have eyed Bates as a potential solution to the Lions’ kicking woes, speculating on his fit with the team once the USFL season concludes.

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Detroit’s Special Teams Considerations

Detroit Lions’ special teams coordinator, Dave Fipp, has hinted at the importance of improved leg strength in their kicking game strategy. Badgley’s recent display at OTAs suggests that he might be responding well to this focus, potentially reducing the necessity for the Lions to explore external options like Bates. This development could be crucial as Detroit aims to build a more robust and reliable special teams unit heading into the new season.

TL;DR (too long didn’t read)

  1. Michael Badgley showcased improved leg strength at OTAs, hitting field goals from 53 and 60 yards, suggesting enhancements in both range and accuracy.
  2. Jake Bates has captured the interest of Lions fans with his remarkable long-range field goals in the USFL, leading to speculation about his potential addition to the team.
  3. The Lions’ special teams dynamics might shift with Badgley’s improvements, possibly decreasing the urgency to sign an external kicker like Bates.
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The Bottom Line

While Jake Bates presents an intriguing option for the Detroit Lions with his notable field goal range in the USFL, Michael Badgley’s recent performance at OTAs indicates that he may still hold the key to the Lions’ kicking game. If Badgley continues to demonstrate both power and precision, the Lions might well decide that their current setup suffices, focusing instea

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Written by W.G. Brady

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