Less than 24 hours after giving both of their kickers the boot, the Detroit Lions have found a replacement. The Lions claimed Austin Seibert off waivers from the Bengals on Wednesday.
He’s a career 31-38 on field goals made (81.6%) and 38-44 (86.4%) on extra points made. Seibert is perfect in his career on field goals 20-39 yards (20-20). And he’s 10-15 in the range of 40-49 yards.
In 2019, Seibert earned All-Rookie Honors from the Pro Football Writers Association.
Landing a kicker was significant for the Lions. Throughout the entirety of training camp, they’ve struggled with continuity at that position. Matthew Wright, Randy Bullock, and Zane Gonzalez did not impress the coaching staff, hence their releases.
Seibert lacks experience, but Lions GM Brad Holmes and executive John Dorsey have a knack for scouting talent. Now it’s time to see if the newest member can fill a significant void.
He is now their fourth replacement since the departure of Matt Prater in free agency.