After she made a 55-yard field goal at Philadelphia Eagles practice last week, USWNT star Carli Lloyd has reportedly drawn some interest from NFL teams. Last night, her trainer James Galanis told Fox Sports that one team approached Lloyd with an offer to kick in a preseason game on Thursday.
Lloyd had to decline the offer because she plays in a game for the USWNT that night. However, the conversation regarding whether or not she could kick in the NFL remains active.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is a little skeptical. Not because of Lloyd's leg talent, which he praised, but because of what might happen if one of her kicks is blocked and she becomes an active player.
"Sound sweet til somebody block the kick and all of a sudden she on defense," Allen wrote on Twitter this afternoon. "Would be like the stampede scene in the lion king movie. She do got a boot tho!"
Allen's teammate Melvin Gordon seems to feel the same way.
On the flipside, former NFL wide receiver Stedman Bailey thinks Lloyd could be alright. After all, it isn't often that a kick attempt in the NFL gets blocked.
Of course, if Lloyd were to give it a go in an NFL camp next year, she would have to train for a while to prepare herself. She's plenty talented and competitive, but would have to refine some of the mechanics of kicking a football.
As for Allen's tweet, it is a valid concern, but considering how infrequently kicks get blocked, Lloyd might be able to escape any potential harm.