Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin (6) holds the ball as kicker Nate Freese (3) kicks a field goal during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Martin Will Handle Kickoffs Against Jacksonville

With the kicking competition between Giorgio Tavecchio and Nate Freese still unresolved, Jim Caldwell plans to shuffle the kicking rotation for the game against Jacksonville.

According to Tim Twentyman Sam Martin will handle kickoffs against the Jaguars. The Lions will then rotate Tavecchio and Freese between field goal opportunities not halves.  The idea here is to allow Jim Caldwell and the coaching staff get an equal look at both men during the game.

“I think there’s some fairness there,” Caldwell said. “So it gives both guys an opportunity, you know, to kick in a portion of the game that is similar. We just think we can probably do a little bit better job evaluating if we do it that way. So that’s the reason why.”

Both kickers have had impressive moments during the preseason but neither is far an away better than the other. It is quite possible that kicker will be the final position battle to be resolved during the preseason.

It’s day by day, it really is. It’s hard,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “Those guys, like I said, have been kicking well in practice, besides one or two here that somebody might have missed. The competition has been good; it’s been good for both. But it’s been difficult for us to sort out.”

The extended competition will be good for the Lions who have struggled to find consistency in the kicking game after the retirement of Jason Hanson. The kicking battle will definitely be one to watch on Friday night against the Jaguars.

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