SAN DIEGO -- Nate Kaeding has been waiting for this preseason for 11 months.
When you blow out your ACL on the opening kickoff of the season, you have to look forward to something. After a physically and mentally grueling rehabilitation period, Kaeding is finally back to being able to be an NFL kicker again.
“There has been a lot of emotional times in the past 11 months” Kaeding said. “But I’ve gotten through it and I’m ready to go show everyone that I am back.”
After sitting out all but one play last season, the long-time San Diego kicker is now battling his 2011 replacement, Nick Novak, in one of the more interesting camp battles in San Diego. While Novak did a nice job in Kaeding’s absence, I think Kaeding probably has the edge to win the job if he can show his health in the next month.
Kaeding said he is not overworking his leg, but he has shown himself he can do everything and that he has kicked field goals up to the 55-60 range. However, his kicking length is not the important part of Kaeding’s rehabilitation.
“It’s getting into that regular rhythm,” Kaeding said. “That’s what I’m working on and I feel good about it”