Jacksonville Jaguars punter Nick Harris (2) before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Cuts Adds Twist to Detroit Lions’ Punter Battle


The Detroit Lions still have a battle going on for their punting job with Ben Graham and Ryan Donahue both surviving the first round of cuts.

Neither has been able to separate from the other this preseason as both men have had a mixed bag of results. With neither man rising to the occasion, it stands to reason that the Lions might be interested in looking to see what else is available. It just so happens a familiar name became available today.

Former Lions punter Nick Harris was cut by the Carolina Panthers today.

Harris was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in April when the team drafted Bryan Anger. Jacksonville used a third round pick to acquire Anger and Harris was never given an opportunity to compete for the job he held in 2011. Harris finished last season with the same punting average as Ryan Donahue despite getting beat out by Donahue for the Lions punting duties during the team’s 2011 training camp.

Adding Harris to the mix this late might be a recipe for disaster but he is already familiar with the team, most importantly working as a holder for Jason Hanson, and the coaching staff. It might be the Lions’ best bet if neither of the two men currently on the roster can’t show a little consistency before the regular season begins.

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