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Packers Invite UFL Kicker Jake Bates for Visit

BySamantha Nguyen

Jun 11, 2024
Packers Invite UFL Kicker Jake Bates for Visit

The Green Bay Packers are reportedly among the teams interested in hosting UFL kicker Jake Bates for a visit, according to Aaron Wilson. Bates, who previously spent time with the Houston Texans during the 2023 offseason, had a successful regular season with the Michigan Panthers in which he made 17 of 22 field goals. His impressive stats included connecting on 11 of 12 kicks between 20 and 49 yards, as well as making 6 out of 10 attempts from at least 50 yards, with a long kick of 64 yards. Bates’ 64-yard field goal against St. Louis was the longest made field goal in the UFL that season, and he also made three kicks over 60 yards in total. In the postseason, Bates made 4 out of 6 kicks, finishing the season with a total of 21 successful kicks out of 28 attempts.

Following his standout performances, Bates was named an All-UFL kicker for 2024. The Packers currently have a competition at kicker, with Anders Carlson, Greg Joseph, and Jack Podlesny vying for the position. If Bates were to visit the Packers, it could potentially lead to the release of one of the three kickers to make room for Bates in the lineup before training camp. In addition to the Packers, the Detroit Lions, Washington Commanders, and Baltimore Ravens have also expressed interest in hosting Bates for a visit. Bates, who specialized as a kickoff specialist during his collegiate career at Texas State and Arkansas, has a background in soccer.

Originally published on Packers Wire, Bates’ potential visit to the Packers could add an interesting dynamic to the team’s kicker competition and potentially provide a new opportunity for Bates in the NFL.

By Samantha Nguyen

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