7 takeaways from the first three weeks of Vikings OTAs

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Veteran specialists are not guaranteed jobs

What would a Vikings offseason be without uncertainty about the kicker? Even with a new regime leading the way, this year will be no different as new Minnesota special teams coordinator Matt Daniels recently revealed that there is going to be a “full-on kicker competition and punter competition” this summer.

Greg Joseph and undrafted rookie Gabe Brkic will be competing for the starting kicker job. Joseph was the Vikings kicker last season and he was able to convert 86.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. At the University of Oklahoma in 2021, Brkic hit 76.9 percent of his field-goal tries.

Competing for Minnesota’s punting job this summer will be the seven-year veteran Jordan Berry and undrafted rookie Ryan Wright. At Tulane last season, Wright averaged 47.5 yards per punt, while Berry averaged 46.5 yards per punt in his 17 games with the Vikings last year.

These two battles could definitely end up being very important to the amount of success Minnesota is able to achieve in 2022.