Harbaugh sticking with Akers

Harbaugh sticking with Akers
December 17, 2012, 3:45 pm
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SANTA CLARA – Despite David Akers’ inconsistency this season, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is not considering replacing his kicker "at this time," he said at his Monday press conference at the team’s practice facility.

Akers converted two-of-three field goal attempts on Sunday in New England, missing a 39-yard attempt late in the first quarter, but making a 20-yard attempt as time expired in the first half and a 29-yard try late in regulation to essentially put the game away.

Still, Harbaugh would like to see Akers find his rhythm. The 38-year-old veteran has made just 25-of-35 attempts this season (71.4 percent), and has missed five of his last 16 tries over the last six games.

“The specialists, sometimes they only get four or five opportunities a game. You’ve got to make the play,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got to see him do it. We’ve got to see him make those plays."

Akers, a long-time kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles before he joined the 49ers in 2011, set an NFL record with 44 field goals last season.

Late last month, the team worked out unemployed veteran kickers Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff.

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