Last season San Francisco 49ers’ placekicker David Akers was one of the best in the league, setting the record for most field goals made in a single season in NFL history.
This season has not been so kind to the left-footed veteran. Akers has missed eight field goals (19-27) this season, which ranks him 29th in the NFL in field-goal percentage. He is 1-4 from 50+ yards, and 6-10 from 40-49 yards. Yikes.
CSN confirmed a report on Tuesday that the 49ers tried out veteran kickers Billy Cundiff and Nate Kaeding at practice.
Cundiff has suited up for ten different teams in ten seasons. He was released by the Redskins in October after his struggles (7-12 on field goals). His best season came two years ago for the Baltimore Ravens, when he converted on 26 of 29 field goal attempts and played in the Pro Bowl. However, Cundiff will be infamously known for missing a game-tying field goal late in the AFC Championship Game last season, which ended the Ravens’ season.
Kaeding is the most accurate kicker (87 percent) in NFL history, and has spent his entire seven-year career with the San Diego Chargers. He has played in the Pro Bowl, and was named twice to the All-Pro team. However, his struggles in the postseason have been well-documented (8-16 in the playoffs). Kaeding was released by the Chargers earlier this season after sustaining a groin injury.
There is no indication that the 49ers will make a switch at the placekicker position, reports CSN, but they will definitely keep a close eye on Akers. Should his struggles continue, you have to assume that either Cundiff or Kaeding will have a chance to take over.