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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:01 am    Post subject: 2017: a look at our special teams (KR to be...? p.2) Reply with quote

As it pertains to the Vikings’ special teams, what a difference a year makes. Blair Walsh was the team’s kicker and Jeff Locke was the punter. Walsh was released at midseason and Locke is set to become an unrestricted free agent, leading to speculation that the Vikings will have a new kicker and punter heading into 2017.

The team signed kicker Kai Forbath. In seven games, he made all 15 of his field goal attempts, but missed three of 14 extra points, finishing with 56 points in those seven games. He didn’t do anything to lose his job, but he isn’t guaranteed a starting job. The same goes for Locke, who has been allowed to hit free agency without an offer on the table, at least one that is public.

Given the uncertainty at both positions, the Vikings’ intent is unclear for 2017. But, given Mike Zimmer’s frustration with kickers, he may be more inclined to push for a veteran at both the kicking and punting positions – whether than means bringing back Forbath and Locke or going to outside free agency.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1759486-vikings-looking-for-kicking-specialists


could this scenario happen...? the Seahawks sign Blair Walsh after letting Hauschka walk, and we sign him! we had him on our team for a day or two when we had Longwell.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

available free agent punters:


Shane Lechler – A 17-year veteran who has averaged 47.5 yards a punt for his career, he hasn’t lost much in translation over the years. After spending 13 years in Oakland, his punting average in four seasons in Houston was 47.6, 46.3, 47.3 and 47.5 yards – four yards longer per punt than Locke. His career net average of 41.4 yards is almost three yards longer than Locke. He turns 41 in August, which could be a concern.

Bryan Anger – In five seasons with Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, he has averaged 46.7 yards a punt and has a net average just shy of 42 yards. Potentially looking for his third team in three years, his price tag shouldn’t be too high despite his production.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1759486-vikings-looking-for-kicking-specialists
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seattle's Hauschka signs with Buffalo. Walsh back in the NFL, it appears.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Seattle's Hauschka signs with Buffalo. Walsh back in the NFL, it appears.


If I'm Seattle, I still bring in some competition against him.
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can someone fill us in on what happened to Locke?

did we just let him walk or what?
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vike daddy wrote:
can someone fill us in on what happened to Locke?

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Vikings had interest in bringing Jeff Locke back, but Colts gave him $3.45 million over two years.

https://twitter.com/GoesslingESPN/status/839995501852413952

That's a lot for an inconsistent punter
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like Locke might be doing kickoffs too in Indy.


Locke is the replacement to Pat McAfee, who was the Colts’ punter, kickoff specialist, and field goal holder. Presumably, Locke will at least handle punting and kickoff duties, and perhaps the holding duties too. He’s traditionally only been a punter, but it’s very unlikely that the Colts will ask Adam Vinatieri to handle the kickoff duties and it’s even more unlikely that they’d carry a third kicker on the roster to do so. The logical conclusion? It’ll probably be Locke as the kickoff guy.

http://www.stampedeblue.com/2017/3/9/14874206/colts-sign-punter-jeff-locke-per-report
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I wouldn't pay that to Locke anyway. We will be fine with a few camp bodies and let them work this out. There actually are a few good option in this rookie class.

If Austin Rehkow isn't drafted I would be jumping at the shot at him. It honestly wouldn't hurt my feeling to throw a 7th round pick his way. Kid has a boot. Can be a back-up kicker if we would have one go down during a game also.
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vike daddy wrote:
Seattle's Hauschka signs with Buffalo. Walsh back in the NFL, it appears.


I expect Blair to rebound and post good stats
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After losing Punter Jeff Locke to the Indianapolis Colts, the Vikings are in need of a punter and, according to reporter Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, East Carolina Punter Worth Gregory is set to visit with the team.

For his career, Gregory played three seasons at East Carolina and had 160 total punts for a career average of 42.0 yards per punt. Last season, Gregory finished with 51 punts for an average of 42.3 yards per punt including a season-long of 65 yards. Gregory's longest career punt was a booming 73-yard punt during the 2015 season.

http://kfan.iheart.com/onair/vikings-blog-38526/report-east-carolina-punter-worth-gregory-15661588/#ixzz4bxzoB4SZ
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The question I have is why is his first name listed last and his last name listed first? Laughing
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The question I have is why is his first name listed last and his last name listed first? Laughing


ah darn I was hoping his first name was Worth.

If we sign him, I'm calling him Worth Gregory regardless. haha
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SteelKing728 wrote:
disaacs wrote:
The question I have is why is his first name listed last and his last name listed first? Laughing


ah darn I was hoping his first name was Worth.

If we sign him, I'm calling him Worth Gregory regardless. haha


I guess my sense of humor is lost through forum writing. Wink

His name actually is Worth Gregory.
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SteelKing728 wrote:
disaacs wrote:
The question I have is why is his first name listed last and his last name listed first? Laughing


ah darn I was hoping his first name was Worth.

If we sign him, I'm calling him Worth Gregory regardless. haha


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SteelKing728 wrote:
ah darn I was hoping his first name was Worth.

then we would want to know if his middle name was More or Less.
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