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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:55 am    Post subject: 2016 special teamers Reply with quote



given our overly full roster right now, plus new draftees coming on board, can we expect to see significant changes through the year to our special team unit?


we can start with this report on Marcus Sherels:


Darrell Thompson attended Rochester John Marshall High School, then played football for the University of Minnesota. Thompson was a big, strong, fast, smart athlete who became a college star. The Green Bay Packers drafted him in the first round in 1990. Now, Thompson is an analyst on Gophers football broadcasts. He also is the president of Bolder Options, a mentoring program described on the company website as “an innovative organization focused on healthy youth development.” Thompson has been mentoring young people for a long time. He considers Marcus Sherels one of his easiest assignments.

Thompson: “I noticed at Minnesota that he had the ability to close. Closing speed is hard to describe, but he had the ability to accelerate when most people don’t. As a mentor, you’re there for everything. If he had life problems, or lady troubles or academic problems, I was there for him. Marcus actually had none of those. I had other athletes that were or are troubled. Not Marcus. I’m proud of him, I think he’s doing great. He’s a great person. He’s the epitome of what happens when you work hard, really bust your butt. With the right attitude and work ethic, you can achieve great things. And he is.”

Thompson had a friend who worked on the Vikings coaching staff. The coach invented a test for defensive backs. The cerebral Antoine Winfield registered one of the highest scores, in the high 90s.

Thompson: “Marcus made a perfect score. I don’t know if people understand how important that kind of intelligence is. In the NFL, coaches are only going to tell you something so many times. They’re not going to keep correcting you. You tell Marcus something one time, and he’s got it. He’ll line up in the right place and understand the situation. That’s not as common as you might think.”

http://www.startribune.com/vikings-sherels-is-for-real-just-ask-his-mentor/372883701/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

who were the regulars on our special teams last year? who's likely to return, who will be replaced?
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Zimmer doesn’t see the missed Seattle field goal as the end of the line for Walsh. Just as a quarterback who throws a key interception in a playoff loss or a running back who has a critical fumble or a defender who drops an easy interception that would have ended a game, he hopes the miss will be motivation for the future and doesn’t envision Walsh’s confidence to be something that is irreparably lost.

Zimmer: “I don’t know that I need to build his confidence. But I’m going to make sure that I don’t need to build his confidence. I just believe that, if you’re struggling a little bit – I’m not saying he was, he made three out of four, but that’s the one everybody remembers. Now we’re going to try to make sure that we see it go through the bucket a few times. But we’re not going to start him out with a 60-yarder the first day of training camp or the first day of OTAs, it’s not going to be a 60-yarder, I can tell you that.”

http://www.scout.com/nfl/vikings/story/1655998-zimmer-hasn-t-lost-faith-in-walsh
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have few issues with Walsh.

Locke, otoh, is bad. He's bad compared to other punters currently in the league. He should go, imo.

I am a fan, after years of doubting him, of Sherels. He just gets his job done well. If, as I expect, teams do pop up kickoffs, a guy like him that can make people miss, and make quick decisions, could be your ideal KR.

I can't comment on the coverage guys much, other than I recall Waynes' speed saving a couple TDs. I'd like a super fast guy drafted to take his place on kicks/punts.
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Meet the contenders in this weekend’s competition to compete with Locke. In one corner is Texas Tech’s Taylor Symmank, who ranked ninth in the country with a 46.0-yard average despite battling a strained hip that limited him to nine games. In the eccentric corner is West Virginia’s Nick O’Toole, who ranked 13th nationally (45.4), got an invite to the scouting combine and grew so much facial hair as a collegian that he earned the monikers “Boomstache” in 2014 and “Boombeard” in 2015.

The Vikings were shocked when neither Symmank nor O’Toole were signed as free agents after last week’s draft.

O’Toole: “Talking with coach Mike Zimmer, he said Jeff has one more year on his contract and we’ll see what happens. He said for me and Taylor to come in and compete and whoever is the better punter this weekend will be signed and that guy is going to compete with Jeff. And that guy could win the job or he could just have his name out there for other teams to see. It’s a great opportunity for me. I like my odds.”

http://www.startribune.com/nick-o-toole-among-two-punters-auditioning-for-vikings-job/378487376/
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happened to the NDSU Punter? LaCompte?
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rpmwr19 wrote:
What happened to the NDSU Punter? LaCompte?

i'd say he's out of the running:


North Dakota State punter Ben LeCompte, who had the fourth-best average in FCS history (44.6) last year, had a private workout with the Vikings before attending his hometown Chicago Bears’ rookie minicamp.

http://www.startribune.com/nick-o-toole-among-two-punters-auditioning-for-vikings-job/378487376/
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The Vikings could sign undrafted rookie free-agent punter Taylor Symmank as soon as Monday to compete with incumbent Jeff Locke. Nick O’Toole departed the Twin Cities following Sunday’s final workout. Symmank stayed Sunday night and could end up battling Locke during spring drills and training camp.

Symmank: “I have to come in and get a physical on Monday. That’s what they told me to do. They told me they’re still working out roster numbers and everything is being thought about at this point.’’

http://www.twincities.com/2016/05/08/vikings-undrafted-punter-taylor-symmank-could-be-signed-to-compete-with-jeff-locke/
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He never should have shaved. Lost the mojo.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In terms of stats, is there any difference between punting in college vs punting in the NFL?

Is a 45 yard average per punt in college comparable to a 45 yard average in the NFL?
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did they even sign a punter to challenge one one of the five worst punters in the NFL?
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PrplChilPill wrote:
Did they even sign a punter to challenge one one of the five worst punters in the NFL?

we'll know later today, but it does appear they have or will, yes.
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Heimdallr wrote:
In terms of stats, is there any difference between punting in college vs punting in the NFL?

Is a 45 yard average per punt in college comparable to a 45 yard average in the NFL?

They've kicked it the same distance. But I do believe college has a few different rules when it comes to rushing the punter and going out into coverage. I know that you can be a little slower to get the ball of in college than in the pros, which is why a rugby style kicker like Hackett was so successful in college, but went undrafted.
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SemperFeist wrote:
He never should have shaved. Lost the mojo.


He must have, because there's no reason why a guy with a nickname like Boomstache should ever lose a battle.
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disaacs wrote:
SemperFeist wrote:
He never should have shaved. Lost the mojo.


He must have, because there's no reason why a guy with a nickname like Boomstache should ever lose a battle.

Or shave!

It's like Grizzly Adams shaving off the beard.
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