Vikings’ Mike Zimmer ‘at a loss’ after Kaare Vedvik’s two missed FGs
The Minnesota Vikings thought they had their kicking problems solved when the team acquired Kaare Vedvik. After missing two field goals in the Vikings’ preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Zimmer is unsure of what to do next.
“I honestly don’t know,” Zimmer said. “Since we brought Vedvik in, Wile has been punting good and Bailey has been kicking good, and then Vedvik goes out there and misses field goals. I don’t know. I’m at a loss on that.”
Midway through the preseason, the Vikings traded for Vedvik from the Baltimore Ravens for a fifth-round pick. For a kicker, that’s a hefty price to pay; that guy is expected to be the full-time starter. That may not be the case for the newly acquired kicking specialist.
In two preseason games with the Ravens, Vedvik made all four of his field-goal attempts—including a 55-yard bomb against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Due to Baltimore having Justin Tucker, the Ravens viewed Vedvik as expendable with the number of teams in need of a placekicker.
There were multiple teams scrambling to get their hands on the second-year kicker after his last performance with the Ravens. In the end, Minnesota was awarded the strong-legged kicker, who made his debut with the team on Saturday.
The 25-year old kicking specialist attempted two field goals and missed both of them. One came from 43 yards out and the other was from 54 yards.
Vedvik will have one more preseason game to unseat Dan Bailey or Matt Wile as the starting kicker or punter ahead of the regular season.