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Kickoff Specialist In For A Visit

The Star Tribune reports that the Vikings are bringing in kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd in for a visit, meaning he is the first free agent being brought in by the Vikings nearly four days into free agency.

In two years Lloyd has forced 51 touchbacks on kickoffs.  In 2009, Ryan Longwell forced only five.

Lloyd will not be brought in to replace Longwell in the field goal kicking area, but only on kickoffs.  The Vikings have witnessed first hand what a deep kick can do to neutralize a return threat like Percy Harvin.  They would probably enjoy giving a roster spot to someone with the power to do the same thing, especially considering the 2010 schedule features a fair number of quality return men.

This would be a drastic improvement to the success of the special teams. 

Since Lloyd was a restricted free agent that was not tendered, he would not count against the Vikings “Final Four” limitations.

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4 Responses to “Kickoff Specialist In For A Visit”

  1. c.carterhof says:

    Rhys? How would you pronounce that?

    Rice? Or Reece? Or maybe Rize or Reeze.

  2. jamesb says:

    Thankgod! About time management realises we can prevent getting burnt on kickoffs if we just kick it deep enough! I am sick and tired of seeing huge plays given up at crucial moments (bears and NFC champ game) by the kick coverage units, when the solution simply requires them to pay someone to kick the ball 10 yards deeper!

  3. jamesb says:

    Is there a reason why the vikes are not perusing bodden? With the signing of hicks and taylor doesn’t that enable us to sign free agents of similar value? I understand you receive compensatory draft picks in next years draft if they don’t sign any free agents, but aren’t they extremely late picks that are unable to be traded away or used to trade up. As i see it, worst case scenario we get a number 2 corner… I really wish they made a move for cromartie, a 3rd rounder next year for a talented corner is cheap, especially considering the woes in our secondary at the moment! As much as people rip the guy for whatever reason, he has undeniable talent, you don’t just fluke 10 interceptions. I think he just needs a change of scenery and system and he will flourish again.

  4. bigjohnny84 says:

    Lloyd would be a helluva nice luxury to have. I would think our roster is deep enough to give a roster spot to him.

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