Mike Zimmer: “Probably difficult” for Kaare Vedvik to kick and punt

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Kaare Vedvik practiced with the Vikings for the first time on Monday and reports from the session had him hitting field goals of 55 yards and longer with fans cheering on the makes.

Vedvik isn’t just a placekicker, however. He did the punting at Marshall for his final two seasons in college and only added kicking duties during his senior year. Vedvik was kicking with the Ravens before Sunday’s trade, but called himself “an athlete” capable of doing both.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said that Vedvik could do both jobs if he proved to be good enough, but suggested that wasn’t a likely outcome for the 2019 season.

“It’s probably difficult for a rookie, I would think,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “You’ve got a rookie snapper, and then you’d have a rookie kicker and rookie punter. Then you’d have to find somebody to hold.”

The Vikings had kicker Dan Bailey and punter Matt Wile on hand before the trade for Vedvik. Both remain on the roster, although Wile was limited in practice Monday because he has a cut on his hand. Zimmer said he plans to evaluate the overall kicking picture this week and then decide if another week is needed before making final choices.

32 responses to “Mike Zimmer: “Probably difficult” for Kaare Vedvik to kick and punt

  1. Thank God the Vikes finally have a good kicker and can relax about that. Now all they need is a good snapper and holder. Hopefully that won’t be too difficult to find, and then the kicking game is in good shape for a long, long time. I’m so glad my team was able to get Vedvik before the Bears did.

  2. The draft capital the Vikings are spending on kickers the last two seasons is hilarious.
    None of it will help their situation at QB, RB, WR, OL, TE, DL, or CB, though. This roster has more holes than a Shia Labeouf movie.

  3. I think they’ll take their time and figure out the best thing to do, but in the end he will probably just do the kicking. It would be pretty reckless to have one guy do both jobs when you’ve never even seen him do one of them in person. Maybe next year they try to have him do both.

  4. Zimmer said he plans to evaluate the overall kicking picture this week and then decide if another week is needed before making final choices.
    __________

    Because this method has worked so well over the last 5 seasons. skoLOL!!!

  5. Now let’s see what the Packers offer for Dan Bailey, because you know he’ll go straight to the Bears when he’s released.

  6. Pretty much any kicker or punter can handle the other half if necessary because they probably did it through high school. Doing both at an acceptable Pro level regularly would be rather problematic, however.

  7. buckstalion12965 says:
    August 12, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    I’ve always wondered why a good player couldn’t do both.

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    Minimizing risk. If you have separate guys as punter and kicker and one gets hurt during the season, the team only has to fill one position (which is often tricky enough). If there’s one guy pulling double duty and he gets hurt, they’re going to have to find two guys on short notice since there aren’t tons of punter-kickers floating around. Seems like a bad idea.

  8. I remember when the Vikings had a quarterback that also was their punter. Bob Lee. He was Tarkenton’s backup and started for the Vikings for a while too. Decent punter. Was a punter in Super Bowl IV and he threw a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XI.

  9. Most kickers and punters are not full body really athletes, they really just kick with their leg, foot and their heads. This guy looks built like an athlete so I think his body could handle both. I bet he ends up being the kicker this year and if the punter gets hurt then ends up being the punter. Next year if he has a great year kicking this year then they may try both. You don’t spend a 5th on a punter. Shouldn’t on a kicker either but hey that OK if he has a long successful career for the Vikings.

  10. why would it be difficult to have a rookie kicker/punter & rookie long snapper. Because you don’t like rookies Zim? When are you going to loose that archaic way of thinking? It hasn’t worked for the 5 years you’ve been here. Maybe let a person you draft or trade for actually compete & play as a rookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. they have the draft capital to spend and it is always amazing , the people that criticize moves that other teams make and always seem to have a answer which is why it is so entertaining to read some of these comments , they must all be GM’s and making big money with all the wisdom that gets thrown around ,try just being a fan and see if you can understand the game before you act like you know whats the best personnel decision for an NFL team to make.

  12. Hopefully, for Zimmers’ sake, Spielman finally got this one right.
    The Vikings special teams have been a joke since the head coach took over, though he has been able to use a couple of kickers in the past to scapegoat through the fact that he isn’t a very good leader.

    I believe the Vikings had the worst kicking game in the NFL last season, which is quite inexcusable since they play at least 9 games inside, under perfect conditions.
    But, I honestly expect this latest move, on the fly, to end just as bad as all the previous ones.
    Hey, as long as the coaching staff and management can keep this slight of hand routine going to keep fooling the fan base, what does it really matter?

  13. I remember the last time the Vikings had a promising young kicker.

    That one went wide left in a big hurry.

    Meanwhile, the Packers have a Super Bowl champion kicker who can hopefully bounce back from what was admittedly a down year.

  14. He’ll be the punter before the kicker. Zim likes Bailey too much, but should Bailey start faltering he has a capably fill in or replacement on the roster with Vedvik

  15. Do not let commoners sway you, my other screen names. At the end of this year, the Minnesota Cousins will hoist the Zimmer trophy as we will dominate to yet another 1970s divisional championship, the highest of highs, the pinnacle of sport.

    Let these other suckers try to win a Lombardi trophy; we do not want to besmirch our hallowed halls with the name of the devil.

    Pass the lutefisk.

  16. When Vedvick hits a 65 yarder to win the NFCCG people won’t care at all he’s a rookie. Also, what took the Vikings so long to do this!? It’s about time & should’ve been done in Zim’s first year, not last.

    In the first five years of the Zimmer regime, the Vikings converted just over 80 percent (141-for-175) of their field goal attempts. Last year was especially bad, however, as the combination of Daniel Carlson and Dan Bailey went 22-for-32 (68%) on field goals last season.

  17. Q: Who trades a 5th round draft choice for an UDFA kicker/punter with zero experience?

    A: The Minnesota vikings! SKOLOL!

    I for one cannot wait for him to shank a game winning kick and hear the collected air come out of 6 million people.

  18. It’s about time & should’ve been done in Zim’s first year, not last. In the first five years of the Zimmer regime, the Vikings converted just over 80 percent (141-for-175) of their field goal attempts.

    +++++

    Um, Kai Forbath converted 47 of 53 field goals under Zimmer in the year and a half after Walsh was let go. So this was “done” in Zim’s regime but then somebody undid it at the cost of a 5th round pick.

    Who was then cut after two games (nice patience Zim!). Necessitating signing the “especially bad” Dan Bailey, and then the trading of another 5th.

    Fixing what doesn’t need to be fixed. Zim’s idea of thouroughness.

  19. I…am…ROBBOCHEESE says:
    August 13, 2019 at 10:34 am
    Do not let commoners sway you, my other screen names.
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    I am a bit surprised you are not even having a pretense of changing names anymore waffle. But I am flatted with this new name. Its a nice tribute.

    As for Green Bay missing out on replacing their 5M cap hit, 5 FG in a game missing kicker, sorry for you the Vikings swopped in a took him from under the Packer’s nose. LOLOLOL

  20. Zim said in an interview that they had to put special teams on notice because what’s the problem there that we keep missing these field goals. They talked about it last week, the operation with the snapper, the holder & the kicker has different speeds on that so they needed to make a decision and that’s why we let Kevin go. They needed to figure out is it the kicker, the snapper , the holder what is the problem here with making these field goals. Hopefully Cutting will settle down and figure out where there at there. Cutting younger, more athletic, faster velocity need to make sure he puts it in the right spot.

    From what he said I think they feel KM was the reason for the problems in the kicking game & Cutting with better snaps will cure that. So, seems to me he’s hoping that Bailey will not miss kicks anymore with a faster snap and then Vedvick will be the punter.

  21. atthemurph says:
    August 13, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I for one cannot wait for him to shank a game winning kick and hear the collected air come out of 6 million people.

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    6 million people who are Vikings fans? Not even close, given Minnesota is one of the least populated states, and half the people there are displaced Bears or Packers fans who have been sent to that godforsaken place run by liberals.

  22. Bears/Packers need a good punter, they inquired about him too, and God knows the Packers NEED a good punter with all those 3 and outs the last few years!

  23. Minnesota is the 22nd-most populous state. Fun fact: There are 50 states.

    True, there are a lot of Packer fans living in this state, but we can’t help it if so many Wisconsinites want to move here in search of a better life. Maybe we should build a wall.

    There are many more Bears fans in Wisconsin, though, given that Wisconsin is really just a suburb of Chicago.

  24. Wisconsin Is SUPERIOR! says:
    August 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    6 million people who are Vikings fans? Not even close, given Minnesota is one of the least populated states, and half the people there are displaced Bears or Packers fans who have been sent to that godforsaken place run by liberals.
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    Minnesota is ranked 22nd in U.S. population. 5.6 million in 2018.
    Add ND, SD and IA and I bet there are 6 million Vikings fans. Not to mention a large part of western WI. So your point is nonsense.

    I would agree that it is a place run by liberals.

  25. Punting and field goals? Vedvik would be out there at the for 90% of the Vikings’ offensive series (after turnovers).

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