Lions HC Jim Caldwell told reporters after Sunday’s game that he’s not concerned about recently signed K Matt Prater, despite the fact that he missed two of his three field goal attempts against the Vikings.
“I think (with) wind like we had today, you’re going to have an issue,” Caldwell said, via the Detroit Free Press. “He kicked a 52-yarder, which was great. We have all the confidence in the world in him. I mean, the guy’s got a great track record. We feel good about him.”
Denver released Prater last Friday which was just a few days after he was reinstated from his four-game suspension.
Prater, 30, was entering the third year of his four-year, $13 million contract that included $4.25 million guaranteed before he was cut loose, so there was clearly a financial incentive for the Broncos to move forward with rookie Brandon McManus.
Last season, Prater converted 96.2 percent of his field goal attempts and was 25-26 overall.