You don’t trade up and spend a fifth-round draft pick on a kicker to push your returning kicker during a competition in training camp. The writing will be on the wall for Kai Forbath this year while Carlson hopes to be a long-term answer at the position.
Quigley didn’t have a single touchback on punts during the regular season and gave Minnesota some great field position despite not having a big yardage on a per punt average. Their lack of competition for him shows their faith in his ability.
Minnesota recently released their competition for McDermott, clearing the path for him to be the team’s long snapper once again. Having a trio of specialists who can return year after year can be a real stress of a team, since finding a cohesive unit can be a bit of a chore in the league lately.
Between Carlson’s big leg and accuracy on kicks, McDermott’s consistency, and Quigley’s touch on punts, this has the potential to be one of the most solid special teams groupings in the league where each is young enough to be around for years.
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