Matt Prater K DET 4 weeks ago

The Lions re-signed Prater to a three-year contract Friday.

Prater was released by the Broncos in early October while serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He then signed with the Lions, and went on to make 21-of-26 field-goal attempts (80.8 percent), despite trying half of his kicks from 40-plus yards out. Other than the off-field issues, Prater has generally been of the NFL's better kickers, offering solid accuracy and excellent leg strength. Of course, he's no longer attached to an elite offense, so he'll probably fall into the indecipherable middle tier of kickers for 2015.

Matt Prater K DET 4 months ago

Prater went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts and made all four extra-point tries in Sundays' 34-17 win over the Buccaneers.

Prater has now made multiple field goals in six straight games and should again be a decent option next week against the Vikings.

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Prater made three of his four field-goal attempts in Sunday's 34-9 loss to the Patriots.

For the second straight game, the Lions failed to find the end zone, leading to numerous opportunities for Prater. He connected from 48, 20 and 49 yards, but missed a 53-yard attempt wide left late in the first half. Still, Prater now has four straight multi-FG games and is a decent option again Thursday against the Bears.

Matt Prater K DET 4 months ago

Prater hit both of his field goal attempts in Week 11's 14-6 loss to the Cardinals.

Prater is averaging seven points a game through five games with the Lions, a figure that provides him with some deep league utility, but he's well off the pace that led to a 150-point output with Denver last season.

Matt Prater K DET 5 months ago

Prater hit his only field goal attempt of the day Sunday against the Saints.

It was a much quieter outing for Prater than his debut, but that's something he likely welcomed with open arms. His only kick came from 21 yards out and hit also connected on three PATs.

Matt Prater K DET 6 months ago5 Comments

Prater hit just one of his three field goal attempts in his debut with the Lions on Sunday.

While Prater didn't have a great showing in his first game with his new team, he did manage to knock his second attempt through the uprights from 52 yards out. The Lions haven't had good luck with their kickers thus far, using three different people that have combined to make just five of 15 attempts this season. All of Prater's attempts came from 44-plus out so it's a little more forgivable. The Lions face the Saints this week, which could turn into a shootout with plenty of opportunities for the veteran kicker.

Matt Prater K DET 6 months ago8 Comments

Prater will sign a one-year contract with the Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

It took Prater just four days to find a new employer, after he was unceremoniously released by the Broncos last week. Named to the All-Pro team last season, Prater was suspended for the first four games of 2014 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but he showed he still has plenty of leg by beating out Jay Feely and Connor Barth in a three-way kick-off at the Lions' complex Tuesday. Prater holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history (64 yards) and missed just one of 26 attempts in 2013.

Matt Prater K DET 6 months ago

Prater is expected to sign with the Lions, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

The Broncos surprised many by releasing Prater after he was done serving his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, but it sounds like the All-Pro kicker will be back under contract shortly. Nothing is official just yet, but Prater reportedly beat out Jay Feely and Connor Barth in a three-way kick-off at the Lions' headquarters Tuesday. Last season, Prater connected on 25 of 26 field goal attempts, including an NFL record 64-yarder, and he is 21-for-27 from beyond 50 yards in his career.

Matt Prater K DET 6 months ago8 Comments

Prater and Jay Feely are slated to work out for Lions on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Lions are looking to replace Alex Henery, who was released on Monday, with the kicker that the team decides on worthy of a pickup by those looking for a bye week plug-in, or, of course, a replacement for Henery.

Matt Prater K DET 6 months ago18 Comments

Prater, who is three games into a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, was released by the Broncos on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Prater was expected to be one of the best fantasy kickers this season coming off an excellent 2013 campaign that saw him connect on 25-of-26 field goal attempts, including an NFL record 64-yarder, and a remarkable 75-of-75 on PATs. However, he was hit with the alcohol-related suspension in August and was replaced by Brandon McManus, who will resume the kicking duties for at least the rest of the season. Prater, who will cost the Broncos $4.1 million in cap space next season, is certainly good enough to grab another NFL job, so he's unlikely to be unemployed for long.