Lee accustomed to holding for both sides

January 7, 2013, 2:30 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- Andy Lee has held for six different kickers during his nine-year career with the 49ers.

In those seasons, Lee held for three left-footed kickers and three righties. Lefty Joe Nedney kicked six seasons for the 49ers, so Lee has more experience with lefties. But in Nedney's final two seasons the 49ers brought in righties when Nedney landed on injured reserve with knee issues.

Now, Lee finds himself switching back and forth in practices. David Akers, a lefty, is trying to hold off righty challenger Billy Cundiff in a competition to decide which kicker will handle the chores Saturday night when the 49ers open the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park.

"Just do my job," Lee answered Monday when asked for his approach to this week. "Hold for a righty. Hold for a lefty. Do whatever I can to help both guys. That's my job. That's how I have to look at it."

When asked if there's an adjustment period with holding for the different kickers, Lee answered, "Not really. I did that most of my career until Joe came in seven years ago. Two years ago, we had Jeff Reed in here and a couple other righties when Joe was having some issues with his leg. I'm used to doing that. It's not too big of a change."

Long-snapper Brian Jennings, Lee and the two kickers were scheduled to make the drive up to Candlestick Park on Monday to continue their competition. Cundiff, a nine-year veteran, has never kicked at Candlestick.

49ers kickers with Lee as holder
2004: Todd Peterson (right)
2005: Joe Nedney (left)
2006: Nedney
2007: Nedney
2008: Nedney
2009: Nedney, Ricky Schmitt (left), Shane Andrus (right)
2010: Nedney, Jeff Reed (right), Andrus
2011: David Akers (left)
This season: Akers