Nate Freese: 'I’m never too high and never too low'

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rookie kicker Nate Freese is keeping a level head despite a rocky start.

The first four words Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said to rookie kicker Nate Freese in the locker room after Freese missed two field goals Sunday in Carolina was: “Keep your head up.”

“He said to keep going forward and keep working hard,” Freese added.

The rookie out of Boston College missed two attempts from 49 yards in an eventual 24-7 loss to the Panthers.

Nate FreeseK Nate Freese (Photo: Gavin Smith)

“The first one it was kind of a cross wind, so I was trying to play it a little bit right and ended up leaving it open a little bit. It just ended up staying right,” Freese said.

“I hit the second one pretty well. It was going dead straight and at the very end it got gusted over. I didn’t play the wind as much as I should have.”

Sunday’s misses added to the rocky start thus far for the rookie seventh-round pick out of Boston College. He’s missed three of his first five attempts over the first two weeks of the season.

Despite the rough start, he says he hasn’t lost his confidence.

“Like I always say, I’m never too high and never too low,” Freese told reporters in front of his locker Monday afternoon. “So I go into this week as any other week. I put the game behind me, behind me, and I look forward to next week.”

He was then asked if he thought he still had the confidence of the coaches: "Yeah, I think so."

Caldwell told reporters during his Monday press conference he still believed Freese was going to be a fine kicker in this league, but admitted the team was leaving all options open for discussion.

“You know we’re still discussing, talking, looking at different options,” he said. “I still believe that this young man is going to be a fine kicker in this league. I don’t think there’s any question about that and we’ll see how it goes here but I still believe.

“Sometimes the guys have a bad day but we’ll look at that. In terms of whether or not we’re going to bring kickers in we never talk about who we’re going to bring in. We never discuss that so I’m not going to set a precedent today as well.”

Freese says his issues have been about consistency more than anything else and performing the exact same routine every kick, which is something he’s continuing to work on.

“I’m just not being consistent enough and I’m going to go out there this week and try and continue to get better,” he said.

If there’s one thing Freese can take solace in, it’s the fact that Jason Hanson started his career 3-for-6 kicking field goals. Jason Hanson’s name currently resides on the Lions’ Ring of Honor.