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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