5 most disappointing Vikings players of the 2020 season

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Dan Bailey
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So much has already been written about Dan Bailey and his struggles in 2020. Before we get too much into that, it’s worth stepping back and just looking at how and why he was brought back. Bailey wasn’t a lock to come back to the Vikings this year. He hit 93.1 percent of his field goals in 2019, and it was expected he’d get offered more than the Vikings could match. He didn’t see many offers come his way, and he ended up signing an incentive-laden deal with the Vikings.

Expectations were that Bailey would be as reliable as he was in 2019. He only seemed to struggle that season with his extra points, but having a kicker hit even 91 percent of those like he did, would’ve been a plus over what we got. Bailey completely melted down in 2020 and his field goal percentage fell 25 percent to an embarrassingly low 68.2 percent on the season.

The guy just got the yips and couldn’t shake them. He missed a handful of kicks against Jacksonville and then the following week missed every single one of his attempts in the Bucs game. Some of his kicks were so far off it made one wonder what he was doing in the NFL altogether. Bailey directly can be blamed for a few of the Vikings’ losses as his failure to do his job cost the team the deciding points in games.