Lions head into Monday Night Football with new punter – Detroit Lions News

Lions head into Monday Night Football with new punter – Detroit Lions News

The Lions’ special teams unit was tested early this season when punter Kasey Redfern, filling in for the injured Sam Martin (Non-Football Injury list), went down early with a knee injury in the team’s Week 1 matchup, and did not return.

Kicker Matt Prater stepped up, adding punting and kickoff duties to his resume. Prater also drilled a 58-yard field goal with a fill-in holder, backup quarterback Jake Rudock, earning him NFC special teams player of the week honors.

Redfern’s knee injury was season-ending, and while Prater filled in admirably, the Lions needed to bring in a punter. They didn’t waste any time in doing so, signing Jeff LockeTuesday afternoon. Now it’s up to Locke to get in sync with his new teammates.

“We’ll have our first live session today,” Locke said in the locker room Thursday. “It’s just going to take some reps, which luckily we kind of have that long week (playing on Monday night) to get ahead of it.”

The New York Giants boast one of the best defenses in the league, and will be a good test for the Lions this week on Monday Night Football.

“Yeah, they’ve got a ton of talent,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said Thursday. “I mean you look around, they’ve got two extremely good edge rushers, a really good, if not the best, interior run presence guy in the league, an all-pro safety and two maybe three all-pro corners. That’s a pretty good start.”

On offense, a lot depends on if wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suits up for the Giants. He’s listed as questionable on the injury report. Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the official decision will come from the medical staff on…

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