I was sitting there in the middle of Spanish class trying not to fall asleep (No offense to Senor Root), and I felt a sudden sharp vibration from my phone. I gazed down when the teacher turned his back, and took a peak. Staring at me was a report that Arizona had tried out Norwegian Kicker, Havard Rugland. He is better known as "Kickalicious" in the NFL for his amazing trick shots.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just had a tryout with the Arizona Cardinals. It went great! Grateful for the opportunity.</p>— Håvard Rugland (@MrRugland) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrRugland/statuses/423559741969670145">January 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Now, it's nothing humongous that he's being tried out, plenty of players come through the facility to be tried out, most hardly make it. What's intriguing about Rugland, is that he's a "big name".
His first chance to play professional football came this preseason with the Detroit Lions. During his short time, he went 3/3, one of which was 50 yards. He appears to be able to punt and kick field goals, which could help us eliminate signing a Punter. (Yes Zastudil will probably return)
What could be the deciding factor is his kickoffs. The Saints have two kickers, one for kickoffs, one for punting, and a punter. Could Arizona do the same? I don't believe so, but based on how Rugland appears kicking the ball, kickoffs should likely be a non-factor.
But again, it's early in the offseason, teams are beginning to construct their initial 90-man rosters, and signings like these are commonalities. We shall see how this plays out for the team and Rugland.