Vikings to create some punting competition

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They may not be taking it to the ridiculous extreme the Bears are, but the Vikings are bringing more people to camp to kick things.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings are bringing several punters in Wednesday for workouts, with the possibility of creating some competition for incumbent Matt Wile.

Former Packers punter Justin Vogel is expected to be among the attendees, along with Shane Tripucka, who was in the Vikings’ rookie minicamp last month. Tripucka, an undrafted rookie from Texas A&M, is the grandson of former Broncos quarterback Frank Tripucka.

There will likely be more punters in as well, even if they don’t bring the clown-car full the way the Bears have done with kickers.

Wile was fairly solid for the Vikings last year at the day job, ranking in the top 10 in the league in net average, and in the top half in gross average and punts inside the 20. But Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has expressed some concerns about him as a holder.

Or, perhaps this is a signal that teams have too much time on their hands in the summer.

12 responses to “Vikings to create some punting competition

  1. No one worries about the punter until they shank one deep in their own end or bobbles a hold for a field goal and costs you points. This guy was way better than the guy he replaced ( forgot his name) but perhaps we can do better?

  2. The Vikings punting & kicking team haven’t been the best during Zim’s tenure. Zim’s ignored it too. The terrible kicking game cost them a playoff win vs Sea & also cost them a win vs GB which became a tie which made them miss the playoffs by . 5 games. Zim knew it was a problem a year prior to Walsh’s debacle vs Seattle and did nothing about it. Just like the punting game has stunk going back to the times of the Warlock. Zim’s done nothing about this either. Doesn’t fix mistakes, doesn’t learn from his past, doesn’t know how to motivate. 3 flaws that will end up costing him his job to Kubiak unless the Vikings win the Super Bowl and they’ve got a real chance because this team is stacked with talent at every position. Except DT & backup RB.

  3. What makes the punter/holder any different than any positional player on this Vikings team? Zimmer reserves the right to throw any player under the bus at any time he chooses.

  4. Why not have the backup QB be the holder, like they used to do when they only dressed 40 players? If it’s a bad snap wouldn’t you rather have a QB try to complete the down than a punter?

  5. pzebich says:
    June 10, 2019 at 7:50 am
    Why not have the backup QB be the holder, like they used to do when they only dressed 40 players? If it’s a bad snap wouldn’t you rather have a QB try to complete the down than a punter?

    The punter and the kicker have a ton of time to practice this. The back QB has to be know everything the starter does, so he can’t waste any time practicing holds.

  6. This guy punted okay, but he stunk as a holder on FGs and extra points. And the cheeser above is right, the head coach has the absolute right to release ineffective players, something his team has had considerable experience with the last 2 years,

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