Minnesota Vikings have cut long snapper Cullen Loeffler


The Minnesota Vikings’ somewhat silly long snapper battle is over and Cullen Loeffler has come out on the short end.

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1500 ESPN reported this morning that Minnesota would cut Loeffler and hand the long snapper job to Kevin McDermott. Loeffler had been the team’s longest-tenured player with 11 seasons and 171 games under his belt.

The Vikings have since confirmed the move to cut Loeffler.

Loeffler was signed to a one year deal early this offseason but the team still elected to bring in Kevin McDermott for competition. Because who doesn’t love a good long snapper battle?

The decision to end the long snapper battle now and hand the job to Kevin McDermott likely was influenced at least in part by the struggles of kicker Blair Walsh, who missed four kicks Saturday against the Raiders and may have been adversely affected by the platoon.

The 25-year-old Kevin McDermott is not only younger than Loeffler but he has experience with punter Jeff Locke, having long snapped for him when the two were in college at UCLA.

Am I the only one who thinks the team may have over-thought this whole long snapper thing from the beginning?

Being detail-oriented is great but it doesn’t seem to me you need a whole competition to pick a long snapper. But what do I know.

I truly hope Blair Walsh can get over the yips or whatever his problem is. It would stink if his struggles continued into the season.

Hopefully with one long snapper Walsh can get his rhythm back. Or whatever he needs to get it right.

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