The Lions could be leaning toward
rookie kicker Nate Freese
, on whom the team spent a seventh-round pick, over Giorgio Tavecchio
, who has bounced around training camps the past two years, reports ESPN.
Tavecchio has the stronger leg. Freese is likely the more accurate kicker and, due to having a draft pick invested, would appear to be the favorite.
Redskins kicker Kai Forbath
has made 35 of 40 field goals the past two years, but he's been weak on kickoffs, producing just 14 touchbacks last season. Washington drafted Zach Hocker
in the seventh round to compete with Forbath.
According to the Washington Post, Forbath has spent the offseason trying to improve on kickoffs. "That, and continued accuracy on field goals is the key to his job security," the paper said.
Eagles special teams coach Dave Fipp said kicker Alex Henery
has not been good enough on kickoffs, reports the Philadelphia Daily News
. "He's got to get better on his kickoffs and long field goals. His kickoffs have not been up to par," Fipp said.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby
had to fight for his right to boot field goals, extra points and kickoffs last summer, but doesn't have any competition for the job this summer. That's because Crosby hit a career-best 89.2 percent of his field goals. ESPN notes that on Tuesday he made 7 of 8 field goals