Craig Dickenson ‘surprised’ former Riders kicker Brett Lauther hasn’t gotten an NFL shot

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Craig Dickenson thought Canadian kicker Brett Lauther would have had an NFL opportunity by now.

The 29-year-old Lauther opted out of his contract with the Riders, which would have expired in February 2021, in order to be ready for an NFL chance. Dickenson has been an assistant special teams coordinator with the Chargers and Raiders, so he understands what goes on behind the scenes.

“The thing about the NFL is all those teams, they have guys that are on their short list, guys that they’ve worked out, guys that they saw in college, guys that they used to have, guys that were on other teams,” Dickenson said on 620 CKRM’s The Sportscage.

During two seasons with Saskatchewan, Lauther has made 86-of-101 kicks (85 percent) with a long of 57 yards. His best season in green and white came in 2018 when he hit on 54-of-60 field-goal attempts (90 per cent). For those efforts, Lauther was named a West Division all-star while being named the Riders Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and Most Outstanding Canadian that year.

“From what I’m hearing down south, they don’t want just a kicker or just a punter right now, they’re looking for a guy that can do all three because if they have an injury to either the kicker or punter, they want that guy to be able to full in,” Dickenson said.

“I think he’s good enough, there’s no question about that. The tricky part is getting an opportunity. I am surprised he hasn’t got a shot. I talked to some guys around the league, I think if he gets a chance, he could make at least a practice roster.”

Lauther has been preparing himself physically and mentally for an NFL shot and Dickenson believes he has the required abilities to succeed if it comes along.

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