Another kicker joins fray

Lloyd kicked for the University of Minnesota

The Green Bay Packers have turned up the heat on the kicking competition by adding former University of Minnesota kicker Rhys Lloyd to the roster.

Lloyd's agent Chris Murray told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Lloyd worked out for the Packers Monday and connected on 11 of 11 field goals as well as showing solid hang time on his kickoffs. Lloyd signed as a rookie free agent with the Baltimore Ravens last spring and was released in late August, along with Owen Pochman. Both of the kickers were vying for the kick-off specialist job, but the Ravens elected to have Matt Stover handle kickoffs and place-kicks. Lloyd was out of football last year.

The Packers recently signed Dave Rayner, who was placed on waivers by Indianapolis, and free agent Billy Cundiff to fill the vacancy left by veteran Ryan Longwell, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Lloyd, who has played professional soccer, connected on 72 percent of his field goals in two seasons at Minnesota and also handled kickoff and punting duties.

"It's a great opportunity for Rhys," his agent Chris Murray told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He's a massive talent. I've seen him make field goals from 70 yards."

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Lloyd did not attempt a field goal last summer with Baltimore.


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