Rayner to get his kicks with Chiefs

Kansas City gets rid of struggling draft pick Justin Medlock to sign the man who handled kicking duties for Green Bay last season.

Players in the Packers' locker room on Monday seemed happy to hear former kicker Dave Rayner had hooked on with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Until it hit them that the Packers have to play the Chiefs at Kansas City on Nov. 4.

While Rayner couldn't beat out rookie Mason Crosby in Green Bay, he in effect beat out another rookie, Justin Medlock, with a solid workout Friday combined with Medlock's shaky performance Sunday against Houston.

Interestingly, the Chiefs used a fifth-round pick on Medlock. They could have had Crosby, who was selected in the sixth round. Medlock, from UCLA, was the first kicker selected in April while Crosby, from Colorado, was the third kicker.

Medlock missed a 30-yard field goal against the Texans after going just 3-for-6 in the preseason. Rayner, meanwhile, hit all three of his preseason attempts after hitting 26 of 35 last season.

"He's gone through that rookie thing you go through," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said of Rayner, one of seven kickers the Chiefs worked out last week. "Maybe that's what it takes. He's solid. He kicks off well, and he's played in (bad) weather conditions. You need a guy that's kicked outdoors and in the cold weather and with the wind blowing. He's done that in Green Bay."

The Chiefs will release Medlock today and hope to put him on their practice squad.


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