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A Free Agent Signing!

As we mentioned earlier, the Vikings brought in kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd for a visit before he ventured to New York to visit with the Giants.

Lloyd won’t be going to New York.

The former Golden Gopher has signed a two year deal with the Vikings.

Both Lloyd and Longwell are expected to occupy roster spots at the beginning of the 2010 season with Longwell kick field goals and Lloyd handling kickoffs.

The Vikings special teams coverage unit just got a whole lot better.

Even more, the signing of Lloyd does not count against the Vikings in the “Final Four” limitations strategy.

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20 Responses to “A Free Agent Signing!”

  1. VAVike says:

    If you don’t think this is a big deal, check out Percys return avg vs DAL and NO.

  2. Fragile Freds says:

    VAvikes is correct.

    Freds looks forward to spending a few more minutes at the fridge (ignoring kickoffs) looking for the coldest Colt 45 instead of watching 28 replays of Brian Longwell trying his best to tackle some guy who runs a 3.5 fourty run past him like he’s standing still.

  3. olderthandirt says:

    I guess the Vikes felt they had room for this since Chester signed with “da Bears”. Field position is half the battle. This will help. I agree with Freds, more time for scrounging in the fridge during breaks, after we score.

  4. bigjohnny84 says:

    Agree guys. This is a good signing. And the best news is that Freds will always be able to find the coldest Colt 45.

  5. Purple Charlie says:

    It is a big deal and a good move for Special Teams…

    Happy for you too Freds…

  6. fozz44 says:

    I like the concept….how often does this guy have kicks returned?

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Fozz, I think someone said that 30% of his kickoffs were touchbacks. For his career. Good to see ya big shooter

  7. fozz44 says:

    Thanks Johnny….not sure if 30% is worth a roster spot? Has to be good for not just field position, but overall health and lack of wear and tear for the kickoff coverage unit?

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Fozz, I’m not 100% sure on that figure. I’d like to know what is was last year. I’m sure somebody will find out.

  8. Nume says:

    Stats can be found at . Last year, out of 72 kickoffs 21 were touchbacks. The year before 30 out of 88 kickoffs were touchbacks. When you compare that to 5/98 being TBs for longwell last year and 6/84 the year before, looks like a pretty good signing to me heh.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Thanks Nume. So I guess 30% is right on. That’s roughly double over Longwell. Agree good signing

      • Nume says:

        Heh well going off last year alone, thats more like 15x Longwell :P. But yeah. You also have to figure longwell’s numbers are more likely to go down rather than up as he is getting older, whereas lloyd is only 27 so his numbers are more likely to go up than down. Its also interesting that the Vikes think he may be a good full time kicker in the future, since he’s never actually attempted a FG in the NFL, so who knows could learn that from longwell maybe and replace him in a year or 2 :P.

      • bigjohnny84 says:

        Nume, any idea of Lloyds accuracy in college?

      • Nume says:

        He played for the Gophers for 1 year, and hit 12/18 FGs and 43/47 PATs. Hard to judge how good he can be though based off one year in college 6 years ago :P. But yeah I’m not saying he’ll for sure be good, but you never know he could learn some stuff from Longwell, and obviously has the leg strength, so could turn into a good kicker in a year or 2.

      • Nume says:

        Just found an interesting entry on him in wikipedia, . Sounds like he has done well on long range field goals, but hasnt had much of a chance/much success as a placekicker in general. Being known for amazing concentration under pressure and long-distance field goals does make it sound like he could turn into a good kicker though :P.

      • bigjohnny84 says:

        Thanks Nume. Arent most college kickers a little off target compared to when they reach the NFL?

      • Nume says:

        Yeah they do tend to be less accurate in college. For example, ryan longwell made 32 of 56 (~57 percent) FGs during college, which is a lower percentage than Lloyd :P. However in his nfl career he’s made 83 percent. So yeah you really cant tell how successful a kicker will be in the nfl just based off of college heh.

      • bigjohnny84 says:

        That’s really suprising about Longwell. I would’ve never guessed that.

      • Nume says:

        From what I’ve seen its rare for a college kicker to make higher than 65-75 percent of their FGs. Though I dont follow college football that much, but yeah.

  9. bigjohnny84 says:

    If we are lucky, he will work out just fine.

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