canada africa partner reservation Jake Bates: UFL kicker and Lions target is back to his superhuman ways

Jake Bates: UFL kicker and Lions target is back to his superhuman ways


Michigan Panthers kicker and potential Detroit Lions free-agent target Jake Bates looked superhuman again in the UFL Week 6 matchup against the Arlington Renegades on Sunday afternoon.

Bates, who has been an absolute unit and made long field goals look elementary on hits of 64, 62, 55 and 52 yards, struggled a bit last week after missing two very long field goals (his first misses of the season ), one of 58 and one of 62. Later in the game, however, he recovered with a 30-yarder.

Of course, context is important when it comes to the past week. Despite some of the absurdly long field goals he’s made so far this year, Bates is actually human and humans aren’t typically expected to make kicks that long. Plus, it was his first outdoor meet of the year and he had to deal with wind, adding to the idea that those misses were hardly a blemish on his excellent 2024 record.

Whatever the case, Bates returned to form against the Renegades on Sunday and once again showed he’s a unicorn.

His first attempt of the afternoon came from 55 yards out, and he easily made it, like Jake Bates, splitting the uprights. Unfortunately for us, Jake Bates, “stans” out there, the field goal was called back due to offside on defense, giving the Panthers a first loss.

A few plays later, Bates was tasked with making a 43-yarder, which is a chip shot for the Arkansas product. As you would expect it was good.

Here’s the one out of 55 that was called back:

And the one of 43 that counted:

At the end of the first half, Bates was once again tasked with making an insanely long field goal, this time from 60 yards out – and the man absolutely crushed it.

The Lions reportedly did just that expressed interest in Batesalthough they have since signed a kicker in undrafted free agent and Michigan product, James Turner, who will now compete with Michael Badgley.

But that shouldn’t stop Detroit from signing Bates, who is quickly proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with at Ford Field, as all but one of his nine field goals – including all three 60-yarders – came on the home location of Detroit. .