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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of only a few players who did his job this sunday.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
first two games as a pro:

6/6 on field goals, including a 55 and a 51 yarder
4/4 on PAT's
11 kickoffs with 7 touchbacks


What field position did the four returned kicks yield? If memory serves correct, at least one of those didn't even make it back to the 20 yard line. As much as I love Longwell, it was frustrating to see the opposition offense consistently starting around their own 35 yard line.
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perrynoid wrote:
vike daddy wrote:
first two games as a pro:

6/6 on field goals, including a 55 and a 51 yarder
4/4 on PAT's
11 kickoffs with 7 touchbacks


What field position did the four returned kicks yield? If memory serves correct, at least one of those didn't even make it back to the 20 yard line. As much as I love Longwell, it was frustrating to see the opposition offense consistently starting around their own 35 yard line.


vs. Indianapolis
-From 3 yds deep to 16

vs. Jacksonville
-From 4 yds deep to 16
-From 4 yds deep to 18
-From 2 yd line to 23
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first two games as a pro:

6/6 on field goals, including a 55 and a 51 yarder
4/4 on PAT's
11 kickoffs with 7 touchbacks
no returned kick brought past the 23 yard line
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Walsh isn't the only rookie kicker playing well.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/20212166/monday-observations-cards-keep-finding-a-way-this-time-with-embattled-kolb-at-helm/

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In case you haven't noticed, this is the year of the rookie kicker. Already. It's a legit trend.

In Week 1, the Rams rookie kicker, Greg Zuerlein, nailed all three field-goal attempts, including a 48-yarder to begin his career and a 46-yarder with less than two minutes left that could have won the game. He followed that up by going 3 for 3 again in Week 2, in a win against the Redskins in which every point was going to be important. Jeff Fisher was quietly raving about this kid in the preseason. And, kicking in a dome, the Rams don't think a 70-yarder is out of question. (Love the Rams going with a rookie punter and second-year long snapper as well, keeping costs down with the specialists and also getting great bang for their buck, as they parted with higher-priced Kris Brown).

Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker doesn't have that dome luxury, but he didn't miss anything in camp and was outstanding in the preseason. The Ravens cut veteran Billy Cundiff, a year after giving him a big extension, to go with Tucker (Cundiff's miss to send the AFC Championship Game into overtime loomed large, too). Tucker crushed a 56-yard field goal at Philadelphia on Sunday that ended up reaching the stands behind the upright, and was also good from 51 and 48 ... and had the Ravens been able to cross midfield on their last-ditch drive to win trailing by one, everyone in that stadium would have been fearing this kid's leg.

He's able to boom it on kickoffs, too, saving a roster spot there, and Tucker was perfect on all three attempts in Week 1. The kid does not lack for confidence, and after Sunday’s loss he told CSNBaltimore.com: "My range would probably extend to the upper 60s on a good day," So far he's had nothing but good days.

Minnesota's Blair Walsh went 4 for 4 in Week 1, nailing a 55-yarder to send the game into overtime and capping an improbable comeback win in overtime from 38 yards. He's 6 for 6 on the season and has two already from 50 yards or more, and made Ryan Longwell expendable. So yeah, these kids are perfect so far, with obviously a lot of season to play.

But in a copycat league don’t be surprised if more teams become willing to draft stud kickers and punters a little higher and perhaps be a little more weary on the high-end of the kicker market, especially with the cap staying pretty flat the next few years.
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and the kid does it again today.

a 100% season so far.


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“@VikingUpdate: Blair Walsh is the first rookie in NFL history to kick a field of 50 yards or more in each of his first three games. #Vikings”
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Right now, he's making Rick Spielman look like a genius.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't even look like he hit the ball flush today on his 52 yard attempt and it looked like it would have been good from close to 56.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rpmwr19 wrote:
Didn't even look like he hit the ball flush today on his 52 yard attempt and it looked like it would have been good from close to 56.


Yea that ball looked awkward. Was little disappointed by his bullet of a kickoff though. But hey, I guess even Walsh makes mistakes Wink
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I'd warn that we all temper our excitement over Blair Walsh, only because the shelf life of kickers can fluctuate like no other position can. With that said, for now, Walsh is more than on pace for a Mason Crosby-like rookie year. For whatever criticism we've taken over cutting Longwell for a rookie, it's certainly paid off to this point in every facet possible - be it short precise kicks, long kicks, kickoffs.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats to Walsh. Didn't expect him to be this good so far. Shocked

Outside of that one kickoff where he really didn't give our team a chance to get down the field, he's been phenomenal.

he doesn't seem like the one though that will come by and make a big tackle. I love those kind of kickers lol
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purple-Pride07 wrote:
I'd warn that we all temper our excitement over Blair Walsh, only because the shelf life of kickers can fluctuate like no other position can. With that said, for now, Walsh is more than on pace for a Mason Crosby-like rookie year. For whatever criticism we've taken over cutting Longwell for a rookie, it's certainly paid off to this point in every facet possible - be it short precise kicks, long kicks, kickoffs.


So would you say you're really just calling Blair Walsh a "Project"?
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wcblack34 wrote:
Purple-Pride07 wrote:
I'd warn that we all temper our excitement over Blair Walsh, only because the shelf life of kickers can fluctuate like no other position can. With that said, for now, Walsh is more than on pace for a Mason Crosby-like rookie year. For whatever criticism we've taken over cutting Longwell for a rookie, it's certainly paid off to this point in every facet possible - be it short precise kicks, long kicks, kickoffs.


So would you say you're really just calling Blair Walsh a "Project"?


Please, stop. Kluwe has asked us all to just stop.
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PrplChilPill wrote:
wcblack34 wrote:
Purple-Pride07 wrote:
I'd warn that we all temper our excitement over Blair Walsh, only because the shelf life of kickers can fluctuate like no other position can. With that said, for now, Walsh is more than on pace for a Mason Crosby-like rookie year. For whatever criticism we've taken over cutting Longwell for a rookie, it's certainly paid off to this point in every facet possible - be it short precise kicks, long kicks, kickoffs.


So would you say you're really just calling Blair Walsh a "Project"?


Please, stop. Kluwe has asked us all to just stop.


Yea, but for some of these guys, it going to be quite the Blair Walsh Project to get them to stop saying "Blair "The Project" Walsh.

Speaking of that, I'm doing this sweet remodeling of my garage. I must admit, though. It's quite the Blair Walsh Project. At least I don't live in the Blair Walsh Projects of North Minneapolis anymore so that's a plus I guess.
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