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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Laquon Treadwell
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(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kaare Vedvik
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Will there be clarity on the special teams situation?

One week into the Kaare Vedvik experiment, we still have no answers on what exactly he’ll be doing for the Vikings in 2019.

In last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, Vedvik handled all of the punting and kickoff duties, but incumbent kicker Dan Bailey attempted the lone field goal before Vedvik saw action with an extra point late in the contest.

With no opportunity for Vedvik to attempt a regular field goal, we still seem to have more questions than answers with Minnesota’s kicking game.

Maybe the Vikings are waiting for Bailey to give them a reason to cut him as he’s made all of his kicks (6-for-6 on extra points, 1-for-1 on field goals) in two games, but he has been sporadic at practice. They may also be gun-shy after choosing Daniel Carlson over Kai Forbath last preseason.

Perhaps Minnesota will open things up on Saturday and allow Vedvik to attempt some field goals, but the special teamer that may be in the most trouble is punter Matt Wile.

In last week’s game, Wile watched from the sidelines as Vedvik handled the punts and Chad Beebe was the holder on all field goal attempts (including extra points). If Vedvik doesn’t botch a punt on Saturday, it could be Wile that is let loose at the conclusion of the preseason.