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Green Bay Packers attempted to trade for new Vikings punter-kicker Kaare Vedvik

Kaare Vedvik, Packers

Before the Baltimore Ravens traded punter-kicker Kaare Vedvik to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick, the Green Bay Packers were vying to bring in Vedvik themselves, according to St. Paul Press‘ Chris Tomasson.

Though the Packers have long-time veteran Mason Crosby on-board, he’s currently fighting off Sam Ficken for the starting job. In the Packers’ 28-26 preseason win over the Houston Texans, Crosby and Ficken made both of their PAT attempts.

Crosby struggled in 2018 as the Packers’ placekicker. He made 81.1% of his field-goal attempts; as he went 4-4 in the 20-29 yard range, 10-11 in the 30-39 yard range, 11-15 in the 40-49 yard range, and 5-7 in the 50+ yard range. He drilled 34 of his 36 field goal attempts.

In Week 6 of the 2018 season, versus the New Orleans Saints, Crosby went 1-for-5 on his field goal attempts. It was the low point of his time as a Packer. In turn, the team brought in some competition in the offseason.

As for Vedvik, he spent 2018 on the Ravens’ practice squad but is a bit of a prodigy at the position. Hailing from Norway — but playing college ball at Marshall. He’s an oddity at the position, as though he’s a kicker, he also punted in college. Vedvik averaged 41.8 yards per punt attempt at Marshall and drilled 62.25% of his field goals and 97.6% of extra-point attempts.

In 2018, as a rookie, Vedvik strived in the preseason for the Ravens. He racked up 33 points — fourth-most in the preseason — making eight of his nine field-goal attempts and all extra points. In his lone 2019 preseason game with the Ravens, he made all of his four field-goal attempts and two points after.