ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions kicker Alex Henery has been released the day after he was 0-for-3 in field goal attempts.
Coach Jim Caldwell made the announcement during his press conference today (Monday).
Caldwell spoke in general terms of what he's looking for in a new kicker.
"It’s one of those things, we’ll look at it closely, we’ve got to find a performer,'' Caldwell said. "That’s basically what we have to get done in that area, we have got to get a guy who is consistent under pressure and be able to put points on the board.
"In this league there are going to be close games, guys in that position are going to decide a number of games. We have to make certain we get the right guy for us,'' he added.
Freese was a rookie, while Henery had experience with the Philadelphia Eagles.
"(Experience) is one of the factors you have to look at, because of the fact they’ve done it, they’ve been there before,'' Caldwell said "You would suspect they’re accustomed to it but we have to look at all phases.''
Henery kicked in two games for the Lions making one of five attempts.
Sunday he missed from 44, 47 and 50 yards.
The 50-yarder could have been a game-winner. Instead the Lions lost 17-14 to the Buffalo Bills. Dan Carpenter kicked a game-winning 58-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.
Henery replaced Nate Freese, a seventh-round draft pick, was was 3-of-7 in field goal attempts in the first three games.
Caldwell would not announce names of tryout kickers.