Lions reach 75-man roster limit by releasing Tavecchio, five others

The Detroit Lions' training camp kicking competition came to an end Monday with the team releasing Georgio Tavecchio.

The Detroit Lions' training camp kicking competition came to an end Monday with the team releasing Georgio Tavecchio.

That leaves rookie Nate Freese, a seventh-round draft pick out of Boston College, as the Lions' top kicker, unless they decide to pick up a veteran free agent before the regular-season opener in two weeks.

The Lions also confirmed that they have waived cornerback Jonte Green, a sixth-round draft pick two years ago out of New Mexico State, along with quarterback James Franklin, fullback Chad Abram, punter Drew Butler and cornerback Aaron Hester.

That puts Detroit at the 75-man limit entering Thursday's preseason finale at Buffalo.

By most accounts, Tavecchio was the more consistent of the two kickers at times during training-camp practices. But in the end, it was likely Freese's job to lose from the start because he was a draft pick.

Tavecchio missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt, wide right, late in last Friday's preseason game against Jacksonville. A week earlier, Freese had bounced back from a 33-yard missed extra point to hit a 55-yard field goal at Oakland.

Freese is 3-for-3 on field goals in three games. Tavecchio, an undrafted player two years ago coming out of the University of California, was 1-for-2.