Source: Lions sign punter Blake Clingan

Posted by ttwentyman on March 5, 2013 – 4:06 pm

Blake Clingan never got his opportunity in the NFL following his senior season at Central Florida in 2010, so instead, he’s spent the last two years as a pharmaceutical salesman. Still, he never gave up hope of one day getting his opportunity, which is why he continued to punt and workout in his spare time in hopes he’d still get his shot.

That chance came Tuesday during a tryout with the Lions at their practice facility in Allen Park.

Clingan impressed Lions coaches and front office staff enough that was signed to a one-year deal following the workout, his agent D.S. Ping confirmed.

The Lions have not formally announced the signing.

Ping said Clingan was asked to move back on a number of occasions because he continued to hit the roof of the team’s indoor practice facility, where the workouts were held.

Clingan averaged 41.8 yards per punt during his senior season at UCF with 15 fair catches and 16 punts landing inside the 20-yard line.

One mission for Lions brass this offseason has been to upgrade a punting unit that tied for 30th in the NFL in net punting average last year. The Lions have been looking for consistency there having used their fair share of punters over the last two years, including kicker Jason Hanson as a fill in.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz did not rule out the possibility of the Lions drafting a punter in April when he was asked about it at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month.

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13 Responses to “Source: Lions sign punter Blake Clingan”

  1. By nighttrain1 on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    If that guy constantly hit the roof with his punts, that’s some serious hang time. Not many punts will be returned punting like that, fair catch is all you can do.

  2. By Bill mason on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    How can we sign this guy so soon.? He hasn’t punted in a game in 3 years and no one else was interested.

  3. By mark on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Well at least we addressed that situation

  4. By Turfmonster on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    Its the lions

  5. By Tim on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    They sign a punter that hasn’t kicked in three years because it is a punter.
    This cost them $0 unless he makes the team and if he does its a good thing.

  6. By Soph on Mar 5, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think punters are highly scouted, so I’m pretty sure that most of them are overlooked.

  7. By Dan DAgostino on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ithink that the lions really do need a punter It certainly will not hurt to have a good punter if he can kick the ball consistently inside the twenty with good hang time. So go for it it certainly won hurt.

  8. By John from Oz on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Bring back Ben Graham – talent, leadership, skill and above all a great bloke.

  9. By rockbo1955 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    the lions did some research on him and his production at UCf and he pratice and work on his punting after his job and its only been two years the got a punter who kick so high he hit the roof I would have signed him to! GO LIONS!

  10. By Don on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    The Way that I look at it is like this, Can the Man do the Job AND do it well or as for this Team can he Kick the punt Well? Sounds like the answer to that is Yes.
    So then Why are we looking further? I wonder How much the Lions are Paying to have this Guy? If it isn’t much, which I doubt seeing how the Man will probably seek league minimum just to get the chance to prove himself. It’s a good signing.. Now, Let’s get those Nine signed. So that we can figure out what it is that we may need in the Draft. And to see what other FA’s are out there that would be the best for our TEAM. there are a ton of FA’s this year and good ones too! We have to find out which ones realy want to come here and help us Win and which ones will come here just for the Cash and which want to Win a SuperBowl for us.

  11. By Don on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hey i didn’t know where else to write about this since I will Never be on Facebook.
    Twitter ok, Facebook NO
    Any ways I am SOOOOOOO happy to see that you got Levy signed up!
    Fantastic I love that Dude he is Allway’s on the Move Making things Happen!

  12. By Jp on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Ok this is what I am missing, who is going to play the right side of the offensive line, once again there is no focus on the O-line! Need to have a good O-line to make a run, but nobody gets that. No talk of Jake Long? are you kidding me, but we need Reggie Bush, right.

  13. By Rebelyankee on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Lions should just see what (Klingon) = Great nickname. Has for a year.
    If the draft plays out so that there is a Kicker who can also punt they like available late in the draft i could see us drafting that player.

    It’s really more about the guy’s covering then the punter. Tackle please !!!

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