He captured the attention of the internet with his You Tube trick kick video. He captured the imagination of Lions fans with dreams of 75 yard game winning field goals. Now the dream of playing with the Lions in the NFL is over for Havard Rugland.
The Detroit Lions roster cuts continued today and Kickalicious was on the chopping block. Havard Rugland’s journey to the NFL began with the Detroit Lions but it most certainly won’t end their. He certainly proved he could make NFL kicks but stamina may have been a factor in the Lions coaching decision. Lions sideline reporter Tony Ortiz of 97.1 the Ticket said as much today during the Karsch and Anderson show. “As the game went on you could see that he would lose strength in his kicks”, Ortiz said. “That may have been a factor in the Lions decision.”
Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew are on the hot seat. They have to win this year. Naturally they will choose the kicker that has been under the pressure of making a game winning kick in the NFL. And has had success doing it.
Some fans suggested that the Lions place Rugland on the practice squad. Doing that would be a feel good move for the Lions but they just can’t spend a roster spot on a second place kicker. Not when a free agent kicker can be picked up on a moments notice if an injury occurs.
Is Havard Rugland something special? Is he that once in a lifetime player that defines a position? That remains to be seen but unfortunately the Lions aren’t in the position to wait and find out. Don’t worry Kickalicious fans, Havard Rugland will play somewhere in the NFL this year. In fact Lions luck would dictate he ends up playing for a division rival.