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Matt Prater | Place Kicker

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/10/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: UCF
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Lions re-signed K Matt Prater to a three-year, $9 million contract.
Prater joined the Lions five games into the 2014 season, drilling 23-of-28 field goals. Re-signing with Detroit should have been a no-brainer for Prater. There's no better place to kick than inside at Ford Field. Prater holds the NFL record for longest field goal, a 64-yarder he made while playing for Denver in 2013. Mar 6 - 11:30 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said he’ll meet with the player rep for free agent K Matt Prater on Friday night.

Prater joined the Lions halfway through the 2014 season after getting cut by the Broncos. He made 21-of-26 field goals, including 12-of-13 from under 40 yards. A reunion makes sense for both sides.
Feb 20 - 8:59 AM

Free agent K Matt Prater has already told his agent that he wants to re-sign with the Lions.

The Lions went through Nate Freese and Alex Henery before signing Prater ahead of Week 6. The eight-year veteran went 21-of-26 on field goals in the regular season and 2-of-2 in the playoffs, solidifying the position. The Lions' official site says it appears the team has "found their kicker for the foreseeable future."
Jan 8 - 9:43 AM

Lions K Matt Prater is 13-of-15 (86.6 percent) on field goals over the last six weeks.

Prater had a shaky debut as a Lion, missing two field goals. He's settled in since then and is a top-10 option in the Ford Field dome against the Bucs Sunday. "I think it's just reps, getting more and more work with the guys in practice, and it carries over into the game," said Prater, who made 96.2 percent of his field goals last year. "A lot of people don't think about the timing with a new snapper and holder, and that's half the battle."
Source: MLive.com
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 09:25:00 AM

Coach Jim Caldwell continues to support K Matt Prater.

Prater had a 42-yarder blocked against the Dolphins in Week 10 and has now missed 3-of-10 field goals as a Lion. He's also had to knock in a short one off an upright. Still, Caldwell is sticking with the ex-Bronco heading into Sunday's game at Arizona. Considering his current form, we'd probably hold off on streaming Prater until he gets back home against the Bears in Week 13.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Coach Jim Caldwell said he'll stick with Matt Prater as his kicker.

Fighting windy conditions and a bit of rust, Prater missed field goals from 44 and 50 yards out in his Lions debut Sunday. But he did make a 52-yarder and his resume speaks volumes. Prater will be a fine fantasy kicking option in Ford Field's perfect conditions against the Saints in Week 7.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:40:00 AM

Lions signed K Matt Prater to a one-year contract.

It's kind of surprising Prater couldn't land a long-term deal. But it's a great spot for him, and the Lions need the help as their kickers have converted a god-awful 33 percent of their field goals so far this season. Prater immediately becomes one of the top kickers to own in Detroit's high-octane offense.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 08:21:00 PM

The Lions are expected to sign Matt Prater as their new kicker.

Prater is one of the league's best kickers, so it's not exactly a surprise. The move should become official sometime in the next 24 hours. Prater will assume immediate fantasy relevance in the Lions' high-powered offense.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 07:22:00 PM

Free agent kickers Matt Prater and Jay Feely will work out for the Lions on Tuesday.

Prater, who has long been one of the best kickers in the league, is the favorite to replace Alex Henery, who was waived on Monday. Prater would still be kicking for the Broncos if not for his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 01:07:00 PM

Broncos released K Matt Prater.

Brandon McManus has won the Broncos' placekicking job and is worth owning in all fantasy leagues, despite a slow statistical start. Prater's base salary was $3 million while McManus only costs the veteran minimum. Now an unrestricted free agent, look for Prater to resurface quickly. Still only 30 years old, Prater was one of the best kickers in football last season.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Suspended Matt Prater is expected to resume Broncos kicking duties Week 6.

Fill-in Brandon McManus has been fine, going 3-of-3 on field goals and making all eight of his extra points through three games. But Prater was the NFL's best kicker last season, going 25-of-26 on field goals and leading the way in touchbacks (81). He's also 21-of-27 lifetime from 50 or more yards out. Prater will almost certainly get his job back as the proven veteran with a history of making pressure-packed kicks. He'll slide back in as a no-brainer top-three fantasy option weekly.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 12:14:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Broncos K Matt Prater was facing a year-long suspension before his attorney got it reduced to four games.

Prater has been in the league's drug program since 2011. This report suggests he's had multiple strikes. Prater has a booming leg and is the consensus top fantasy kicker. He'll miss the first four games of the season before returning in Week 6. Look for the Broncos to sign a veteran kicker in the coming days.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 12:42:00 PM

NFL suspended Broncos K Matt Prater four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

According to the Denver Post, the violation was "alcohol-related." Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since August 2011, when he was charged with DUI. It's a major fantasy blow, as Prater has one of the league's biggest legs, and is kicking for its best offense. He was Rotoworld's No. 2 kicker. Prater's backup is undrafted rookie Mitch Ewald, but the Broncos will likely search for a veteran fill-in. Prater's track record is such that his roster spot shouldn't be in danger. He is eligible to return in Week 6, as the Broncos are on bye in Week 4. Prater is no longer draftable in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 02:15:00 AM

Broncos K Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 75 extra points in the 2013 regular season.

Prater broke Stephen Gostkowski's previous record of 74 extra points set in 2007. While Prater kicked just 25 field goals last season (tied for 18th), his record-breaking extra points tally propelled him to finish the season as fantasy's No. 2 kicker.
Fri, May 16, 2014 02:30:00 PM

Matt Prater (illness) practiced in full Wednesday.

Prater is completely over the illness that made him feel like he got "run over by a truck" last week. The second-team All-Pro selection is all systems go for the Super Bowl.
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 08:26:00 AM