After three games with their rookie kicker, the Lions have seen enough.
Nate Freese, the seventh-round pick who has already missed four field goals this season and ranks dead last in the NFL in field goal accuracy, is on the way out. The Lions will sign Alex Henery to replace him, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The move comes as no surprise: Freese was already on very thin ice even before missing a 41-yard attempt at Ford Field on Sunday. Freese has been shockingly bad this year, going 3-for-7 with a long field goal of just 30 yards. The Lions use punter Sam Martin on kickoffs, so Freese wasn’t giving them anything there, either. Henery started off his career strong in Philly but missed short, key kicks last season and even in preseason of this year. Henery doesn't have a big leg and was often never trusted with longer kicks. He also struggled on kickoffs but may not have that responsibility with the Lions. Given how good the Lions offense can be, Henery should offer low-end K1 opportunities.