Vikings Drop Ryan Longwell, Will Roll With Blair Walsh
The Minnesota Vikings special teams will officially get a new face in 2012, as the team parts ways with kicker Ryan Longwell, who spent the last seven seasons indoors.
Longwell, going on 38, missed six field goals in 2011, but missed just one field goal in 2011, and two in 2010. Needless to say, he remains one of the league’s most accurate and reliable kickers, and actually still has a pretty solid leg.
Unfortunately, he’s aging and his leg still isn’t elite, which has long affected his ability to pin the opposition deep on kickoffs, something the Vikings feel rookie kicker Blair Walsh may be able to accomplish.
While the youth movement at kicker is in full effect, it’s worth noting that Walsh was wildly inconsistent in his senior year at Georgia, as he missed a whopping 14 field goals.
Walsh was otherwise elite in his previous three seasons and boasts a strong, reliable kicking leg, however. It’s tough for Minnesota fans to say good-bye to such a reliable kicker and stand-up person, but with the team still in rebuilding mode, now seems as good a time as any to change hands (or feet).