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SeasonMinnesota Vikings Training Camp 2019Did we learn anything about the Vikings’ kicking situation on Sunday?New Youth Garrett Bradbury Jersey ,67commentsI think we just might haveCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Did we learn anything about the Vikings’ kicking situation on Sunday?TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesIn their first actual game action since confusing the heck out of all of us fans about their kicking situation, the Minnesota Vikings had the opportunity to put Dan Bailey, Matt Wile, and the newly-acquired Kaare Vedvik to work against the Seattle Seahawks. So, how were the three kicking specialists employed and can we glean anything from that?Well, if we can. . .it’s going to be bad news for the Vikings’ incumbent punter.Let’s break down all of the Vikings’ kicks from Sunday night here.The Vikings attempted just one field goal on the evening, the 24-yarder by Bailey that opened the scoring. Chad Beebe served as the holder for the kick.The Vikings attempted two extra points. Bailey handled the one after Sean Mannion’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Zylstra just before halftime, and Vedvik took the attempt following Khari Blasingame’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Chad Beebe served as the holder for both of those attempts as well. The Vikings followed their third touchdown of the night with a successful two-point conversion.The Vikings kicked off five times. All of those kicks were handled by Vedvik.The Vikings punted four times. Three of those punts were handled by Vedvik Mike Hughes Jersey , and Wile’s only snap of the contest was the final punt of the game with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter.Now, I’m not sure how much Wile’s lack of participation in this contest had to do with the injury that he suffered to his hand (one that required stitches) against New Orleans. He has, reportedly, done very little work at camp over the past week, and it’s really difficult to know whether that has anything to do with the injury, the Vedvik trade, or a combination of the two. Perhaps they just wanted to give Vedvik every opportunity as the punter in this one and they’ll give him more opportunities as the kicker in the All-Important Third Preseason Game™ next weekend.If there is a positive on Wile’s side, it’s that Vedvik’s net average wasn’t spectacular or anything. He averaged 46.7 yards/punt Anthony Barr Jersey , but didn’t get a great deal of hang time, resulting in some decent returns for the Seahawks. As a result, his net average was only 34.7 yards/punt, which is not very good.There are still plenty of practices and opportunities for all three of the Vikings’ specialists to impress the coaches before the roster cutdown deadline on 31 August. As things stand right now, though, you could probably be forgiven for thinking that one of the three is clearly on the outside looking in. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s offense since coach Mike Zimmer was hired has frequently lacked the scoring punch to keep up with the rest of the league.Coincidentally or not, continuity has been missing, too.The Vikings announced Wednesday the appointment of Kevin Stefanski as their offensive coordinator Everson Griffen Jersey , avoiding another offseason of transition under Zimmer while leaning on the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff to help unearth more production from quarterback Kirk Cousins.“Kevin is a smart young coach with a bright future,” Zimmer said in a statement distributed by the team. He added: “His work ethic and teaching ability have been obvious to me behind the scenes since I came here five years ago. He’s well respected by coaches and players both, and I know he’s up to the task.”Stefanski was promoted Dec. 11 as the interim replacement for John DeFilippo, who was fired in his first season on the job with the offense in a severe slump. Stefanski’s contract expired Tuesday, and in the meantime he was a candidate to be Cleveland’s head coach. The Browns, instead, picked their interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens .The 36-year-old Stefanski, who joined the Vikings in 2006 as an assistant to coach Brad Childress Kyle Rudolph Jersey , has coached tight ends, running backs and quarterbacks for the team. He’ll be the fourth offensive coordinator in six seasons for Zimmer, following Norv Turner, Pat Shurmur and DeFilippo. Shurmur tried to hire Stefanski a year ago when he became head coach of the New York Giants, but Zimmer turned down the request.Vikings players were happy to have him back. During his three-game stint, Stefanski drew praise for simplifying the playbook and not displaying any panic in his first foray as a play caller. In his first game, the Vikings scored a season-high 41 points in a victory over Miami, though they stumbled again in the final week against Chicago and missed the playoffs.The Vikings were 19th in the NFL in points and 20th in yards this season Linval Joseph Jersey , after finishing 10th and 11th respectively under Shurmur in 2017. Those were the highest rankings under Zimmer, the only time they’ve cracked the top 15 in either category in five years.Cousins, who signed a three-year, $84 million contract that’s fully guaranteed, had career highs in touchdown passes (30) and completion rate (70.1 percent) but struggled to help the Vikings move the ball in several critical games.“I was thrilled to hear that he’d be back,” Cousins said in a statement distributed by the team. “We feel like the continuity is very important, not only for me at the quarterback position but for our entire offense.”