NFL Teams have till this afternoon to trim their 90-man training camp rosters down to 75. Unfortunately that means the end of the road for Havard Rugland, the YouTube sensation known as “Kickalicious,” who had been in camp with the Detroit Lions.
Daivd Akers won the job despite Rugland impressing with “expected leg strength and accuracy at camp.” It’s remarkable considering how pedestrian (and in all accounts, uncharacteristically) Akers played last season. Akers only converted 69% of his kciks last year for the San Francisco 49ers.
“That big boot? He’s legit,” receiver Nate Burleson said earlier this month. ‘”Kickalicious is for real. He isn’t just an Internet sensation.”
For Rugland it was a surreal experience.
“It’s kind of surreal,” he said. ”A year ago, I was kicking all alone in Norway. And suddenly, I’m here.”
Akers said earlier this preseason that Rugland lacked experience.
“Does he have talent? Absolutely. Does he know what he’s getting into yet? Absolutely not,” Akers said. ”He’s really raw, but his leg is powerful enough for the NFL. The biggest thing for him is, getting experience because he doesn’t have any.”
The Lions also released cornerback De’Quan Menzie.
Teams also making cuts:
- New York New York Jets release 14 players” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/new-york-jets-release-14-players/”>Jets released 14 players
- Philadelphia Philadelphia Eagles release 11″ href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-philadelphia-eagles-release-11/”>Eagles released 11 players
- Buffalo Buffalo Bills release Da’Rick Rogers, four others” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-2013-buffalo-bills/”>Bills release 5 players
- Tennessee Tennessee Titans release Barry Richardson and 6 others” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-2013-tennessee-titans-release-barry-richardson-and-6-others/”>Titans release 7 players
- New England New England Patriots release five players” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-2013-new-england-patriots-release-five-players/”>Patriots release 5 players
- Seattle Seattle Seahawks release 8 players” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-2013-seattle-seahawks-release-8-players/”>Seahawks release 8 players
- Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Buccaneers release 6 players” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-2013-tampa-bay-buccaneers-release-6-players/”>Buccaneers release 6 players
- St. Louis St. Louis Rams release 10 players” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-2013-st-louis-rams-release-10-players/”>Rams release 10 players
- Washington Washington Redskins release 5 players” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/08/26/nfl-roster-cuts-2013-washington-redskins-release-5-players/”>Redskins release 5 players
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