Jason Hanson is back, sort of.
The Lions have brought Hanson in as a kicking consultant as they seek to find a kicker for this season, per the team web site.
They have two young kickers — John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio — signed to futures/reserve contracts. Both are working at the minicamp this week. Potter (Western Michigan) has limited regular season experience while Tavecchio (Cal) nearly beat out Mason Crosby at the Packers’ training camp last year.
Hanson was asked by special teams coordinator John Bonamego to give his perspective on Potter and Tavecchio, according to the team web site. While he’s on the field he can also answer their questions.
If these two don’t appear to have potential, the Lions could look to the late rounds of the draft. ESPN draft analyst said in a Wednesday conference call that the kickers he likes are Anthony Fera (Texas), Zach Hocker (Arkansas) and Chris Boswell (Rice).
Hanson, a second-round draft pick in 1991, kicked for the Lions for 21 seasons before retiring prior to the 2013 season. The Lions brought in veteran David Akers last season.
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