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Lions claim kicker Austin Seibert off waivers

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.

Detroit Lions kicker Austin Seibert
Cincinnati Bengals kicker Austin Seibert (3) heads for the locker room after the fourth quarter of the NFL Preseason Week 3 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. The Dolphins made a long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to win 29-26. Miami Dolphins At Cincinnati Bengals Preseason

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.

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