Walsh Gets Vikings Reprieve
Despite bringing in six kickers on Tuesday and putting them through their paces, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to stick with current kicker Blair Walsh for now.
On Monday morning, I wrote a post questioning whether or not Blair Walsh's job was in jeopardy. By Monday afternoon, word came out that the Minnesota Vikings were going to be bringing in some free agent kickers to have a look a them.
Evidently, none of them were able to make a strong enough impression to convince Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer to make a change.
The six kickers who were brought in included Randy Bullock, who was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2012, and played for them until being released early in the 2015 season. Bullock also had a stint with the New York Jets at the end of last season and played one game for the New York Giants this season. Another high-profile free agent who came for the tryouts was Kai Forbath, who spent three seasons with the Washington Redskins, and has had a few other short NFL stops, as well.
I guess the next question is whether the Vikings will use a late-round draft pick on a kicker? Maybe they'll grab Auburn's kicker Daniel Carlson, who was an All-SEC first team selection in 2015 and a Lou Groza Award finalist. He's looking like he'll be a finalist for that award again this season after continuing to impress. Carlson, who hit four field goals from 50+ yards last season and was 8-10 from 40+, is already projected to be a third-round pick.
There's a lot of football to be played before then!