ALLEN PARK, Mich. —
Rugland knows he has to produce in the preseason by making field goals and booming kickoffs into — or out of — the end zone next week in an exhibition game against the Jets.
“It will be exciting if I get a chance,” he said. “I’m doing a lot of things for the first time.”
Rugland appears very comfortable kicking field goals, effortlessly making long ones. Kicking off, though, appears to be relatively unfamiliar. After struggling with his footwork while working with former NFL kicker Eddie Murray during a recent Lions practice, he naturally ran up to the football and sent kickoffs soaring — once lifting one through the uprights from the opposite 35-yard line.
“He has a leg for the league, that’s for sure,” Murray said. “After he works through some rough edges, because everything is so new, it’ll be about finding the right fit.”