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Best Available NFL Kicker Free Agents/2013 Draft Prospects

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Posted: 12/17/2012 8:21 AM

Best Available NFL Kicker Free Agents/2013 Draft Prospects 


I'm sure the Niner brass has already perused this list but it's time to take a serious step into signing someone else.  I don't know about you all but Playoff games are hard and they usually come down to field goals to determine the outcome and David Akers has lost it...period.



Kickers

 

1. Nate Kaeding 
2. Ryan Longwell
3. John Kasay 
4. Billy Cundiff 
5. Neil Rackers
6. Justin Medlock 
7. Dave Rayner
8. David Buehler 
9. John Potter  
10. Garrett Lindholm


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Last edited 12/31/2012 7:14 PM by guysix

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Posted: 12/17/2012 8:59 AM

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We need some one. Akers cannot be trusted.
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Posted: 12/17/2012 9:12 AM

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i was hoping his earlier struggles were due to his hip injury or whatever. however he definitely is not automatic like he used to be. it feels like he's been completely erratic lately in fact.

it is a tough job and never guaranteed, but i used to feel he was money from 45 yards in. now it feels like every kick is an adventure.

kaeding was a kicker i always really liked but his playoff struggles concern me. it's a mind game with these kickers sometimes. once their confidence is gone, it doesn't matter how good their leg is!

i hope akers can either very quickly regain form and get his head right, or hopefully we can find a reliable replacement capable of making big kicks in playoff pressure. i'm not sure that's going to happen but it's a big concern for me....

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Posted: 12/17/2012 9:54 AM

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Medlock was very good in college at UCLA and he is a lefty so the mechanics wouldn't change much, but I for some off reason still believe in Akers.
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Posted: 12/17/2012 10:40 AM

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Yea last year when he was kicking I felt he was so automatic I would leave to pay the water bill and come back knowing he was money in the bank but this season I'm like...wait..this is not automatic anymore.   banghead 
higherwarrior wrote: i was hoping his earlier struggles were due to his hip injury or whatever. however he definitely is not automatic like he used to be. it feels like he's been completely erratic lately in fact.

it is a tough job and never guaranteed, but i used to feel he was money from 45 yards in. now it feels like every kick is an adventure.

kaeding was a kicker i always really liked but his playoff struggles concern me. it's a mind game with these kickers sometimes. once their confidence is gone, it doesn't matter how good their leg is!

i hope akers can either very quickly regain form and get his head right, or hopefully we can find a reliable replacement capable of making big kicks in playoff pressure. i'm not sure that's going to happen but it's a big concern for me....

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Posted: 12/17/2012 11:06 AM

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I've been saying we should try another kicker, hard to see anybody else doing worse. That missed 39 yard kick didn't hurt us, but it could have. Unlike last year, I don't feel comfortable when Akers comes onto the field, he's not the same kicker.

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Posted: 12/17/2012 11:32 AM

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John Kasay was pretty good a year ago for the Saints (28-34 on FG; 147 pts). His career FG pct is 81.8%, a good average that is a little low because of the number of 50+ yard attempts he has had in his career (79). His % inside 50 is 86.7%

He's up there in age (42), but he still looked to have leg last year (including 3-4 on 50 yard attempts). He might be worth a look if they don't go with Kaeding, who was apparently the favorite of the two they tried out a few weeks ago.
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Posted: 12/17/2012 12:03 PM

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i feel bad because akers is an awesome person but it's all about results.....and right now he leaves a lot to be desired.

i would hope someone like kaeding would have a clear mind coming in, IF we decided to make a change. because he's definitely very capable. as with all kickers, it comes down to his mental focus. right now akers seems to be struggling in that regard.

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Posted: 12/17/2012 1:02 PM

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At this point, I've come around to the idea that you might have to gamble on a guy like Kaeding. The risk with him is that he actually does "wilt" in the post-season and it isn't bad luck in a smaller sample size, but rather a mental/emotional flaw in important games. I don't tend to be as quick to believe such narratives as many fans, but I acknowledge that it might be the case. However, right now, Akers is starting to seem like he's a certain liability in non-trivial field goals, while Kaeding only might be.

Last edited 12/17/2012 1:02 PM by Minstrel

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Posted: 12/17/2012 5:26 PM

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Again, I might go with Kasay over Kaeding if I had my druthers. He scored 147 pts for the Saints last year and was 3-4 for over 50 yards. For his career, he's been 23-25 (92%) on FG in the playoffs, which included a 48 yarder against the 49ers in his final game.

He's older, but he's been pretty reliable and the number of times his teams have lined him up to kick 50 yarders (I believe 2nd most in NFL history, behind Jason Hanson), says a lot about the confidence his teams have had in his ability to hit those long-range shots in games.
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Posted: 12/17/2012 6:38 PM

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Dude is 43, I wouldn't waste my time with him.  You have to remember we also need him for kickoffs as well.  Can he still boot them for touchbacks at 43?  noidea

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Posted: 12/17/2012 10:30 PM

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Morten Anderson isn't available?
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Posted: 12/18/2012 6:49 AM

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Morten Anderson...haha  In that case bring back Jose Cortez

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Posted: 12/18/2012 7:37 AM

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how about Ray Wersching? Give Andy Lee a shot at kicker he's an amazing punter he might be decent
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Posted: 12/18/2012 9:44 AM

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If they decide to make a switch, they better do it now.  Making a change during the playoffs is a recipe for disaster.

Being a kicker is tough.  After setting the single season scoring record last year, Akers could find himself out of a job.  I feel bad for him, but this is one of those jobs that you requires results.
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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:04 PM

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guysix wrote: Dude is 43, I wouldn't waste my time with him.  You have to remember we also need him for kickoffs as well.  Can he still boot them for touchbacks at 43?  noidea
If he can't, I wonder if Any Lee can?

I want to trust Akers, and hope he gets out of the funk he's in, but I'm not sure it's worth taking the chance. If we lose a close playoff game where he missed a 35-45 yard FG, I'll be livid. I think I like Pudding's suggestion best. Pudding already posted the relevant stats, but he showed just last year he's still capable of performing at a high level.

At the very least, I'd get a hold of his agent and tell him to get ready in case we call him next week.

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Posted: 12/19/2012 5:23 PM

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So are we working our any kickers this week? Akers has missed all of his kicks beyond 50 yards except for his 63 yard make (not sure how that happened) he's only made 6 out of 10 from 40-49 and he's missed 2 from 30-39. His 71.4% success rate is 10% lower than his career average. If he hit both OT kicks against the Rams we would be tied with Atlanta for the #1 seed. If Akers is hurt, then bring in somebody else so Akers doesn't have to kick hurt. If he's not hurt, then bring in somebody else because Akers has clearly lost it.

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Posted: 12/19/2012 9:42 PM

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Interesting how he lost it after that 63 yard FG.  

There was mention of an injury.  Is that okay or is he still working through something?

Would hated to see the guy go but is not right for the playoffs, I think the Niners should start searching for someone soon.  As we all know, PK is a crucial component in any game.  

I rather see 3 than zero as was the case last season.
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Posted: 12/19/2012 10:07 PM

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Jackmaul wrote: Interesting how he lost it after that 63 yard FG.  

There was mention of an injury.  Is that okay or is he still working through something?

Still working through it...he's on this week's injury report with a pelvis issue, which I think is the same one that he sustained in preseason.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 12:41 PM

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Harbaugh has stated that the 49ers will be bringing in kickers this week to try out again. I'll repeat my suggestion of Kasay. One big plus for Kasay that I didn't mention before is that he's left-footed, meaning that Andy Lee would not need to switch back to the right-side as a holder. A minor factor, but when you need to sort of establish a rhythm with the kicking unit, being able to remove a variable can't hurt.
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