Nov 20, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (4) picks up the ball as kicker Ryan Longwell (8) blocks Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch (33) on a failed field goal attempt in the second quarter at the Metrodome. The Raiders win 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Frazier compares Chris Kluwe situation this year to Ryan Longwell’s last year


The Minnesota Vikings drafted Georgia kicker Blair Walsh last year and he made it through rookie minicamp just fine. The day after the rookie minicamp finished, veteran Ryan Longwell was released.

Head coach Leslie Frazier said on Friday that this weekend’s evaluation of rookie punter is “very similar” to last year’s approach with Walsh, according to Mark Craig and Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.

“We just want to put him in different situations and see how he can respond,” Frazier said.

Based on the comparison, if your name is Kluwe, it’s not promising for you.

The so-called punter “competition” is likely over, if it ever really existed in the first place.

Meanwhile, because Friday’s practice was moved indoors due to weather, Locke spent the morning at Mall of America Field punting with special teams coach Mike Priefer. Locke later returned to Winter Park in the afternoon, to do some work as a holder.

Tags: Blair Walsh Chris Kluwe Jeff Locke Minnesota Vikings Ryan Longwell

  • Billy Schwandt

    Looks like the Vikings are going to have the best kicking game in the NFL and no more distraction on the team!!!!