7 takeaways from the Vikings’ win over the Falcons in Week 1

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Britton Colquitt
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Britton Colquitt /

Colquitt looks solid in his debut

For the second straight year, the Vikings opened up their season with a punter who they signed less than a week before their first game. In 2018, Minnesota brought in Matt Wile and this year, the team replaced Wile with veteran Britton Colquitt.

Colquitt, who is now in his 10th NFL season, is believed to be an upgrade over Wile not only for his punting ability, but for his holding skills on field goals on extra points as well.

In his first appearance for the Vikings on Sunday, Colquitt had an afternoon that should make the team feel pretty good about adding him to their roster earlier in the week.

Against the Falcons, he punted the ball five times and they traveled an average of 49.4 yards. Two of his punts landed inside Atlanta’s 20-yard line and his longest one of the day went for 57 yards.

In addition to his punting, Colquitt got his first game action as Minnesota’s holder and it turned out well as kicker Dan Bailey converted on all four of his extra point attempts on Sunday.

Some people may disagree, but Colquitt might turn out to be the Vikings’ biggest addition to their roster when the season is all said and done this year.