In addition to the #Vikings, the teams I've been told that wanted to trade for kicker-punter Kaare Vedvik were Chicago, Green Bay and the New York Jets. And having two long snappers, I think that's added to it a little bit because the timing is different. The release means that seventh round draft pick Austin Cutting, the Vikings' last choice in the 2019 NFL Draft, has likely won a job on the final roster. Bailey is one of the most accurate kickers in National Football League history, and in 14 games last season with Minnesota, was 30-of-31 on extra points and 21-of-28 on field goals.
Vedvik has kicked and punted for Baltimore, which was set at those positions with standouts Justin Tucker and Sam Koch. He was a flawless 11-of-11 from 30 to 39 yards out last season, but had his problems from 40 to 49 yards out, where he was just 4-of-9. He's a very professional and mature kid.
He will have the rest of the pre-season to prove that he can best veteran Dan Bailey as well as Matt Wile, but considering the fifth-round pick he was traded for (which is a lot for a kicker/punter, as we saw a year ago with Daniel Carlson), it'll be surprising if he doesn't stick. We've been having some issues with the snap-hold-kick kind of thing.
Vedvik had earned the trade after an impressive showing in the first preseason game. "The holding we're working on quite a bit, but I like Dan". Minnesota has also used several holders in camp, situationally, instead of punter Matt Wile. Vedvik had made about 90% of his kicks in this year's training camp but missed a 33-yard field goal on Saturday.
Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer noted some of the issues the entire kicking battery has had to work through during the first two weeks of training camp, and it pertains to the ups and downs Bailey has encountered.
"No, I don't think so".