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https://www.nbcsports.com/nfl/profootballtalk/rumor-mill/news/jake-bates-will-sign-with-the-lions

 

"UFL kicker Jake Bates won’t have too travel far for his next job. Bates, who spent the 2024 spring season with the Michigan Panthers, will sign next week with the Detroit Lions, per multiple reports."

 

"All three of his 60-plus kicks were made at the (indoor) stadium where the Lions play their home games."

 

"For the year, he made only 17 of 22 field goals, an average success rate of 77.3 percent."

 

"The Lions currently have two kickers on the roster — Michael Badgley and James Turner."

 

 

 

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Some kicker named Andre Szmyt actually went 19-21 for 90.5% and had a long FG of 61 yards.

 

He played collegiately at Syracuse where he won the Groza Award and the Vlade Award (most accurate placekicker). He was signed as a free agent last August by the Bears but didn't stick.

 

Incidentally the Lions tried out both Bates and Szymt and chose to sign Bates.

 

Never seen him play, only reporting what I've read about him.

 

Other UFL kicker stats: https://www.theufl.com/stats/player

 

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1 hour ago, Sierra Foothills said:

https://www.nbcsports.com/nfl/profootballtalk/rumor-mill/news/jake-bates-will-sign-with-the-lions

 

"UFL kicker Jake Bates won’t have too travel far for his next job. Bates, who spent the 2024 spring season with the Michigan Panthers, will sign next week with the Detroit Lions, per multiple reports."

 

"All three of his 60-plus kicks were made at the (indoor) stadium where the Lions play their home games."

 

"For the year, he made only 17 of 22 field goals, an average success rate of 77.3 percent."

 

"The Lions currently have two kickers on the roster — Michael Badgley and James Turner."

 

They'll keep 2 kickers: him for 60+ yarders and another guy.

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20 hours ago, MJS said:

His average is pretty bad, but he has a big leg.

 

Bates accuracy was only 77%. He was 8th out of 8 UFL kickers. Andre Szmyt was 90.5%, and he hit on 60+ years kicks too. I hope Beane is talking to his agent.

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12 hours ago, Sierra Foothills said:

Some kicker named Andre Szmyt actually went 19-21 for 90.5% and had a long FG of 61 yards.

 

He played collegiately at Syracuse where he won the Groza Award and the Vlade Award (most accurate placekicker). He was signed as a free agent last August by the Bears but didn't stick.

 

Incidentally the Lions tried out both Bates and Szymt and chose to sign Bates.

 

Never seen him play, only reporting what I've read about him.

 

Other UFL kicker stats: https://www.theufl.com/stats/player

 

Well we better pick someone up because reports are Bass looks worse than ever.

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1 hour ago, Dan Darragh said:

Rex Ryan would love that idea.  He kept a kickoff specialist on the roster back in the day.


I think it’s some kind of foot sub-fetish. 

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10 hours ago, LABILLBACKER said:

Well we better pick someone up because reports are Bass looks worse than ever.

 

There are several people who have posted in this topic that have claimed that "once a kicker allows self-doubt to creep into his game, that it's all over."

 

My subjective recall from having watched football for decades is that the above assertion is not true.

 

There are kickers who have gone through slumps who have persevered and elevated their games, and gone on to long and successful careers.

 

Each case is different and I'm hopeful that Bass will rebound.

 

I do wish however that the Bills bring in another kicker to compete with him.

 

I've never believed in the coddling/insulating "protect his fragile psyche" approach to improving player performance.

 

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