Saturday, April 6, 2013
Aching Akers heads to Motown
By AJ Mass
Few teams out there could sign a 38-year-old field goal kicker and actually call it a youth movement, but somehow the Detroit Lions have pulled it off.
David Akers is taking his talents to the Motor City, replacing the retired Jason Hanson, just one day after the 42-year-old announced his retirement. Akers saw his success rate plummet last season, all the way to 69 percent accuracy on field goals, but blames part of his woes on a pelvis injury that has since been corrected via surgery.
Kickers can be streaky, so it's not the worst gamble in the world for the Lions to take a chance on a kicker just one year removed from a 44 field goal season, but be forewarned. Akers has just a 67.4 percent success rate indoors on those three-point attempts for his career. This could get ugly fast.
Kevin SeifertDavid Akers: In decline or on rebound?
"Akers is a six-time All-Pro and one of the best kickers of this generation, but 2012 was by far the worst year of his career. He made only nine of 19 attempts longer than 39 yards for the San Francisco 49ers, and overall he finished with a career-low 69.0 conversion percentage. The 49ers nearly replaced Akers at the start of the playoffs, and last month they released him and signed veteran Phil Dawson to do the place-kicking duties."