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5 Matt Prater K
Height/Weight: 5-10/195 | Birthdate: 8/10/1984 | Birthplace: Mayfield Heights, OH, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Central Florida | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 66/50 | Average Draft Position: 132.83
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Lions' Matt Prater hits all three field goals Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater was able to convert all three of his field goal attempts Week 15.

Prater was able to hit from 29, 30 and 33 yards out during the contest. He also made his only extra point attempt. Prater will look for more Week 16 against the Bears. 


Lions kicker Matt Prater totals 10 points in win over Buccaneers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater hit two field goals and added four extra points in Detroit's 34-17 win over the Bucs. 

Prater hit field goals from 23 and 46 yards. He is now 16 for 20 on field goals since being signed by the Lions. 

Detroit takes on Minnesota in Week 15. 


Lions kicker Matt Prater has 10 points in Week 13 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater finished with 10 points during a 34-17 win Week 13 vs. Chicago. Prater made field goals of 40 and 46 yards, while converting four extra points.

Prater has totaled 10 points twice in seven games and is averaging 6.3 points per game. The Lions are back in action Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay.


Lions K Matt Prater hits three FGs in Week 12 defeat


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater provided the only points for his team in a 34-9 defeat to New England on Sunday. He converted field goals of 48, 20 and 49 on the day. He hooked a 53-yard attempt wide left late in the second quarter for his only miss, finishing 3 of 4 in Week 12.

Matt Prater drills 50-yard field goal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater nailed field goals of 50 and 28 yards in the Week 11 loss at Arizona, improving to 9 of 12 this season. He did not try a PAT.

Prater visits the Patriots in Week 12.


Lions K Matt Prater knocks down pair of FGs in win over Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater knocked down a pair of field goals in his team's win over Miami in Week 10.

Prater converted a 26-yard kick in the opening quarter. He had his second attempt blocked, but bounced back with a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to tie the game with 12:02 remaining. He converted 2 of 3 field foal attempts and added two extra points in a 20-16 victory. He has knocked down 5 of his last 6 field goal attempts in the past two games.


Matt Prater drills game-winning FG in London game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater drilled a game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired to give his team a 22-21 Week 8 victory over the Falcons in London.

Prater's first attempt went wide right, but he was saved by a delay of game penalty that pushed his kick back 5 yards. He added a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 20-yard shot in the fourth. He finished 3 for 3 in field goal attempts with one extra point, totaling 10 points in the win. He is 5 for 7 on the season.

Matt Prater uses the upright


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater's 21-yard field goal in the first quarter Sunday caromed in off the upright. It was his only field-goal try. Prater added three PATs for a 5-point day.

Prater is 2 of 4 on field goals entering Week 8 against the Falcons in London.


Caldwell: Lions have 'all the confidence in the world' in Matt Prater


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) New Lions kicker Matt Prater contributed to the team's kicking woes Sunday against the Vikings, missing 2 of 3 field goals during a 17-3 win. The Lions, who already cut kickers Nate Freese and Alex Henery, have made just 5 of 15 field-goal attempts this season.

However, despite Prater's struggles Sunday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell doesn't appear to be searching for another kicker just yet, per the Detroit Free Press.

"I think (with) wind like we had today, you're going to have an issue," Caldwell said. "He kicked a 52-yarder, which was great. We have all the confidence in the world in him. I mean, the guy's got a great track record. We feel good about him."


Matt Prater continues Lions' kicking woes


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Lions kicker Matt Prater didn't help the team's kicking woes much Week 6.

Prater made just one of his three attempts during the contest. To start the second quarter, Prater missed from 50 yards out. He would redeem himself from 52 yards out later in the quarter. Prater had one more opportunity, but couldn't hit from 44 yards out. He made his only two extra point attempts. Prater will take on the Saints Week 6. 


Matt Prater signs one-year deal with Lions


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The Lions will sign kicker Matt Prater to a one-year deal, ESPN reports. The Lions confirmed the agreement Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press.

Prater won a kicking competition with Jay Feely after the Lions waived Alex Henery Monday. He has made 81.6 percent of his field-goal attempts during his eight-year career, including 25 of 26 attempts last season. While he spent half his time kicking in the friendly environment of Denver, he has made 80 percent of his field-goal attempts on the road in his career.


Report: Lions expected to sign Matt Prater


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The Lions are expected to sign free-agent kicker Matt Prater, ESPN reports.

The Lions waived kicker Alex Henery Monday after he missed all three of his field-goal attempts in Week 5. Prater and Jay Feely were brought in for a tryout, and it appears the team is set to go with the former Broncos kicker.


Report: Matt Prater, Jay Feely scheduled for workout with Lions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Former Broncos kicker Matt Prater and former Cardinals kicker Jay Feely are scheduled to work out for the Lions Tuesday, according to ESPN. The Lions announced Monday they released kicker Alex Henery, who missed three field goals in a loss to the Bills Sunday.

Former Bucs kicker Connor Barth is also expected to be at Tuesday's workout, according to the Detroit Free Press.


Report: PK Matt Prater dumped by Broncos


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Broncos have released placekicker Matt Prater , according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The move would save the team $2.294 million in cap space.

Prater is coming off a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He had been one of the most prolific placekickers in the sport. He is 21 for 27 lifetime on boots of 50 yards or longer.


Matt Prater to be suspended four games


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Broncos kicker Matt Prater, the league's second-leading scorer last year, has been notified he'll be suspended for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since he was charged with DUI in 2011. His attorney, Harvey Steinberg, told the Denver Post that Prater got suspended for drinking a few beers at home. "[Matt] feels terribly for his teammates," Steinberg said. "It's cost him personally, both professionally and financially."

Prater nailed 25 of 26 field-goal attempts last year, including a record-breaking 64-yarder against Tennessee. Rookie Mitch Ewald is his backup.

Broncos' probables suit up for Super Bowl


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Several Broncos who were listed as probable on the injury report are active for the Super Bowl, including cornerbacks Tony Carter (shoulder) and Kayvon Webster (thumb), defensive tackles Terrance Knighton (knee) and Mitch Unrein (knee) and kicker Matt Prater (illness). All were able to practice fully last week.

Matt Prater to practice Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) Broncos kicker Matt Prater, who missed three straight practices last week with an illness, will practice Monday, reports the Denver Post. "Hopefully, in another day or two, I'll be back to normal," Prater said Sunday.

Prater described the illness as "some kind of flu or something."


Virus won't keep Matt Prater from kicking in Super Bowl


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Broncos kicker Matt Prater contracted a virus that caused him to miss three straight practices last week, but he is flying with the team to New Jersey and will play in the Super Bowl, reports the Denver Post.

The paper notes that the last time Prater visited MetLife Stadium, in Week 2, he had five of his eight kickoffs returned by the Giants. That was highly unusual for Prater, who led the league with 81 touchbacks. Denver's kickoff coverage unit has not had to make a tackle since Dec. 29 at Oakland.


Matt Prater, Sione Fua red-lighted for Saturday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2014) An illness prevented Broncos placekicker Matt Prater from his third consecutive practice on Saturday. Prater was in the building, but was sent home, according to ESPN. The only other non-participant was defensive tackle Sione Fua (calf).

Two out, two limited Friday for Broncos


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) A knee injury that prevented Broncos defensive lineman Mitch Unrein from practicing Thursday had him limited on Friday. Also limited was running back Knowshon Moreno (rib).

Placekicker Matt Prater (illness) and defensive lineman Sione Fua (calf) were out.


Matt Prater sick and sidelined on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Broncos placekicker Matt Prater, who booted four field goals in the AFC title game win over New England, missed Thursday practice with an illness.

Matt Prater shows off booming leg


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Broncos kicker Matt Prater nailed all four of his field-goal tries in the AFC Championship Game victory, including a 54-yarder that would have been good from at least 60. Prater went 6 of 7 from 50-plus yards during the regular season.

Sunday he added two PATs for a 14-point outing. Prater faces the Seahawks or 49ers in Super Bowl XLVIII.


Matt Prater misses for second time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Broncos kicker Matt Prater converted a 45-yard field goal but missed from 47 yards, his second miss in 28 tries this season, in the win over San Diego. Prater added three PATs for a six-point outing. He'll play the Patriots in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Broncos place two as first-team All-Pros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning heads a list of first-team All-Pros named on that team by the Associated Press. Also so honored was guard Louis Vasquez. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and placekicker Matt Prater are on the second team.

Matt Prater converts two field goals in Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Broncos kicker Matt Prater made all two of his field goal attempts in his team's 34-14 victory over the Raiders in Week 17. Prater drilled a 34-yard shot in the second quarter and a 54-yard kick in the fourth quarter. He also added four extra points in the win.

Prater finished the regular season 25 of 26 in field goal attempts, a 96.1 conversion rate.