Lions cut kicker Swayze Waters

B.C. has released kicker Swayze Waters, per sources.

The 30-year-old was signed in March and didn’t play in a regular season game with the club, spending the opening three weeks of the Leos season on the injured list (quad).

During that time rookie kicker and punter Ty Long performed well enough to take the job punting 23 times for 1,067 yards (46.4 average), made 8-of-9 field goals and 3-of-5 converts. The 24-year-old is cheaper than Waters.

Waters spent four seasons as a kicker and punter in Toronto before signing as a punter with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers last off-season but he was released in August.

Waters earned a Grey Cup ring with Toronto in 2012. He was the CFL’s top special teams player in 2014 when he averaged 47.7 yards per punt and connected on 47 of 52 field goals but missed most of the 2015 season with a hip injury.

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15 Comments on Lions cut kicker Swayze Waters

  1. Brian Lazorko // July 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm //

    Did Waters request his release because he didn’t want a practice roster spot, or was he just outright cut?

  2. Rob Sorenson // July 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm //

    Or Hamilton, would address their only real personnel area of weakness-other then the oline.

  3. Hamilton needs to grab this guy even if he is still hurt.

  4. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 8:43 pm //

    Hamiltons place kicking seems ok…
    I can see Jones taking a look

  5. Rick cowan // July 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm //

    Why would Jone’s take a look when we have Crapina and Vanqlick both nationals who are cheaper but horsepower knows everything

  6. Interesting.

  7. This is why players shouldn’t try the NFL – when they get back to the CFL, teams have moved on.

  8. Uhh your kicker cost you two games hahahahaha

  9. Once Waters get ready to go 110% he should do just fine SOMEWHERE. Stamps might need him also. Rene is hot and cold as a kicker. This year and also in past years. Madlock is the best of the whole lot in my opinion.

  10. mrincomprehensible // July 12, 2017 at 10:55 pm //

    Well between Baloney Mitchell and Mr incoghorseywhathisface Calgary definitely have something others don’t have and that’s a mouthpiece. Not that anything intelligent comes out. Too bad Horsey can’t be fined like big mouth Mitchel was . . . . again!

  11. justforkicks // July 12, 2017 at 11:07 pm //

    Ya, where’s the story on this last weeks fines? Someone was talking too much again you are right.

  12. once we see how many misses parades has this week. huff will have him in Calgary.

  13. Wow. Was not expecting this until a few hours ago. Hear Farhan and Scott Rintoul and it was suggested that Long has progressed so far that Waters may be released. Just did not think it would happen today. Sports cab be a cruel business.

  14. Hamilton’s place kicking only seems good because the offense rarely moves into field goal range. Castillo’s job is safe at the moment because there are bigger fires to put out elsewhere.

  15. Lindsay Wilcox // July 13, 2017 at 7:44 am //

    I believe Castillo has been prefect on PK (converts and FGs) but hasn’t done that many LOL. And his punting average is pretty good. But for 1 bad KO that went out of bounds and cost field position…and I agree with commenters above re Ticats needs are greater at other positions.

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