Vikings likely to use their fifth different punter since 2014

(Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports) Jordan Berry
(Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports) Jordan Berry /

The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly signing punter Jordan Berry, who was recently let go by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

During his tenure as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer has never been known to have much patience when it comes to his team’s kickers and punters.

Since 2014, four kickers, four punters, and five long snappers have appeared in at least one game for the Vikings. When one realizes this, it’s not hard to understand why these aspects of Minnesota’s roster have typically had a negative impact on the team’s ability to succeed.

Well, the only thing that seems to be staying consistent when it comes to the Vikings’ primary specialists is the amount that continue to come and go. Minnesota already has a new kicker in Greg Joseph this year, and on Thursday, they reportedly agreed to a deal with a new punter as well.

Minnesota Vikings reportedly signing former Pittsburgh Steelers punter Jordan Berry

After two seasons in the Twin Cities, the Vikings parted ways with punter Britton Colquitt on Wednesday. Multiple reports seemed to indicate that Minnesota was likely going to re-sign Colquitt before the start of the regular season, similar to what the team just did with Everson Griffen.

But that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the case anymore as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that the Vikings have agreed to a deal with former Pittsburgh Steelers punter Jordan Berry.

Let go by the Steelers earlier this week, Berry was the punter in Pittsburgh for the last six seasons. A native of Australia, Minnesota’s new addition averaged 45.6 yards per punt during the last two years (Colquitt averaged 45.1 yards per punt during the same span).

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The Vikings are hoping that the fifth time is the charm when it comes to their new kicker and punter this season. But based on the team’s track record with these two positions during Zimmer’s time with Minnesota, expectations for Joseph and Berry should be kept low.