5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Broncos in preseason Week 3

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The new punter played a great game

It was a bit surprising that the Minnesota Vikings released punter Jordan Berry before the team’s final preseason game. That move led to Ryan Wright earning the job heading into the 2022 NFL season.

That move looked like a wise one based on the 22-year-old’s performance. He had four punts on the day, averaging 56.3 yards per punt with three of those landing inside the 20 and the other taking a bad bounce for a touchback.

Wright also looked good as a holder. Switching holders can disrupt a kicking process, but Wright held on one extra point try and two field goal attempts, with all three passing through the uprights. That included an impressive 58-yard field goal that was converted by Greg Joseph.

For now, the decision to make a change at punter seems like a good one. However, the regular season is right around the corner and Wright will need to prove he can be good consistently to have a long-term place with the Vikings.