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    Detroit Lions express confidence in new kicker Austin Seibert

    Allen Park — After trying out three different kickers during the offseason, the Detroit Lions settled on an outside option to start the season, claiming Austin Seibert off waivers earlier this month. 

    Lions special teams coach Dave Fipp noted Seibert, a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, was widely viewed as the top kicker coming out of college that year. And despite some early-career struggles, which includes five missed extra points as a rookie and just two makes on seven field goal tries from 40 yards and beyond last season, Fipp still believes in the potential. 

    “I think a lot of kickers, they come out, they have some ups and downs and some of these guys take a little but longer to get started,” Fipp said. “If you go back and look at some of the great platers in this game at that position — like (Adam) Vinatieri’s really kind of an interesting guy — you look at his numbers and early on in his career, they were up and down quite a bit.”

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