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David Akers

David Akers - K

Status Active
Height/Weight 5' 10"/ 200 lbs.
Birthday 12/09/1974
Birthplace Lexington, KY
College Louisville
Years played 15

Lions hire Kelleher as BLESTO scout

Posted June 17, 2011 @ 3:13 p.m. ET
The Lions hired Joe Kelleher as the team's BLESTO scout on Friday.

Setting aside worries helped Lions' Logan take off

Posted June 17, 2011 @ 12:02 p.m. ET
Confidence in himself, and some confidence from his new team, went a long way for Lions RS Stefan Logan last season. 

McGinest not exploring a return to NFL

Posted June 12, 2011 @ 1:55 a.m. ET
Former Patriots and Browns OLB Willie McGinest appeared to be interested in returning to the NFL after three years of retirement, but said Saturday that he plans to stay retired.

Report: Lions WR Burleson to have elbow surgery

Posted June 08, 2011 @ 4:59 p.m. ET
Lions WR Nate Burleson will have minor surgery on his right elbow, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Hall of Fame RB Johnson dies at age 81

Posted June 04, 2011 @ 11:18 a.m. ET
Hall of Fame RB John Henry Johnson died Friday in Tracy, Calif., at the age of 81. He played for the 49ers, Lions, Steelers and Oilers during his career.

Lions add Brandon Fisher to coaching staff

Posted May 26, 2011 @ 1:21 p.m. ET
The Lions have added Brandon Fisher to their staff as an assistant to the defensive coaching staff.

Lions employees to take furloughs

Posted May 23, 2011 @ 4:55 p.m. ET
Employees of the Lions began two-week furloughs on Monday, the Detroit News reported.

Readers would like to see Lions on 'Hard Knocks'

Posted May 23, 2011 @ 3:35 p.m. ET
PFW's readers would love to see the Lions on this year's edition of HBO's documentary series "Hard Knocks," which gives viewers an inside look at an NFL team during training camp.

Lions' Cherilus has Week One as goal

Posted May 21, 2011 @ 3:34 p.m. ET
Lions ORT Gosder Cherilus, who had microfracture surgery in December, believes he can return to the field by Week One.

Lockout limbo: Lions report

Posted May 19, 2011 @ 9:40 a.m. ET
The Lions need to get Matthew Stafford back under center again, and they can't wait to find out what they have with all of their talent on the defensive line.

Lions could part ways with Williams, Johnson

Posted May 07, 2011 @ 3:32 p.m. ET
Second-round WR Titus Young has become the instant odds-on favorite to win the slot WR spot, adding even more speed and explosiveness to the Lions' offense.

Readers: Lions had best draft among NFC teams

Posted May 05, 2011 @ 1:55 p.m. ET
Respondents to a PFW poll question asking which NFC team did the best in the 2011 NFL draft decidedly picked the Lions.

Lions turn attention to DBs, linebackers

Posted May 01, 2011 @ 6:50 p.m. ET
In the afterglow of the Lions' draft, in which they added some very talented players, especially in Rounds One and Two, there was this reality: They still need help in the back seven on defense.

Fantasy outlook: WR Titus Young

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:28 p.m. ET
The fantasy prospects for the Lions appear very good. But right now, you have to consider Titus Young a No. 5 receiver for fantasy purposes at best.

Which team did best in the first three rounds?

Posted April 29, 2011 @ 11:25 p.m. ET
With the first three rounds of the NFL draft in the books, PFW editors make their pick for which team, including the Saints, that has had the best draft thus far.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted April 05, 2013
The Detroit Lions have added Akers one day after Jason Hanson retired.||||||| San Francisco released Akers a month ago after he slumped during the 2012 season. The six-time Pro Bowl kicker made 73 of 94 field goals over two seasons for the 49ers. He underwent double hernia surgery in February 2012 then aggravated the area during the season when he slipped on the field during practice. Akers has made 367 of 453 field goals in his career with Washington, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Posted March 06, 2013
Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers has been released by the San Francisco 49ers after two seasons filled with record-breaking highs and incredible lows. General Manager Trent Baalke thanked Akers in a statement Wednesday, calling him a "true professional who represented himself and this organization with class." Akers appeared in all 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests the past two seasons. He connected on 73 of 94 field goal attempts and all 78 PATs.||||||| In 2011, Akers set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. He also tied the league mark for the longest made when he kicked from 63 yards in last season's opener at Green Bay. But Akers made just 29 of 44 attempts last season, his lowest percentage since 1999. The 49ers even brought in Billy Cundiff to compete against Akers before the divisional-round playoff and NFC championship game.
Posted Jan. 25, 2013
Akers calls his struggles this season a "head scratcher" and says if the 49ers win the Super Bowl it will erase all of his 14 misses this season.||||||| Akers missed an NFL-worst 13 field goals this season and then hit the upright on a 38-yarder in last week's NFC championship game at Atlanta. He says he feels like he is kicking the ball well and he's off by a matter of inches, which is frustrating because "an inch is a mile in our game."
Posted Jan. 10, 2013
Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway.||||||| Jim Harbaugh made the announcement after practice Thursday, two days ahead of the 49ers' NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers (12-5) at Candlestick Park. The 49ers signed Billy Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete with Akers, a 15-year veteran who has struggled this season while making only 29 of 42 field-goal attempts. Akers revealed last week he underwent double hernia surgery last February.
Posted Jan. 07, 2013
Akers and Billy Cundiff were taking their competition to be San Francisco's playoff kicker to Candlestick Park on Monday.||||||| Coach Jim Harbaugh says there's a "good chance" both kickers will be on the roster for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, though he didn't specify whether each would be active. Harbaugh indicated "we have a leader in the clubhouse," but wouldn't say who it is.

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