Vikings banking on Dan Bailey to finally solve kicking woes

Vikings banking on Dan Bailey to finally solve kicking woes

Vikings banking on Dan Bailey to finally solve kicking woes

Bailey's journey took an interesting turn two weeks ago. He was released by the Cowboys during roster cuts this year after they made a decision to go with a kicker in Brett Maher who had never kicked during the regular season of the NFL.

Even though the Vikings spent a fifth-round selection on Carlson, they couldn't afford costly mistakes in crucial showdowns.

Carlson and Forbath competed throughout the spring offseason program and training camp before the kicking competition ended with the veteran being released on August 20. He's also converted 276 of 278 career extra-point attempts after touchdowns, according to data provided by the Vikings. He struggled in the latter half of the 2017 season after sustaining a groin injury. With a field goal rate greater than 88 percent, Bailey is behind only Baltimore's Justin Tucker for the best percentage in league history. Bailey was released by the Cowboys at the end of the preseason.

And he certainly won't get any public sympathy from his new head coach if things go wrong.

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"Even if I just gave him two passes, he would score two goals and that's why he's one of the greatest footballers who's ever lived".

They didn't immediately announce a replacement for Carlson. Having someone with some experience in pressure situations, and kicking in tough road environments that aren't in the SEC (Carlson went to school at Auburn), may have sent the Vikings home with a 2-0 record Sunday afternoon. "He's a fast guy", Zimmer said. "He's got to make it".

The Vikings may have been quick in their decision, but with the team looking to contend for a Super Bowl title, there really is little tolerance for incompetence.

Bailey was cut before the start of the season by the Cowboys four years after signing a seven-year $22.5m contract - a move that saved the Cowboys $3.4m on the salary cap. If he can come through in the areas Carlson and others before him couldn't, Minnesota might finally solve its kicking woes.

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