Priefer was asked Monday what Walsh's range is if wind isn't a factor and said he didn't want to put that kind of pressure on him by announcing a distance. Instead, Walsh was put under pressure at the end of the team's warm Tuesday afternoon practice.
At the conclusion of a drive by the first-team offense, Walsh was called onto the field and came up just short on a 56-yard field goal into a moderate breeze. After two offensive plays from the second-team offense, the coaches wanted to see Walsh in action again. He ended practice by connecting from 57 yards out, once again kicking into the breeze.
"He was so good in the spring, I'm not surprised by it," Priefer said when asked Walsh's promising camp. "I kind of expected it and so did he, not in an arrogant way, but in a very confident manner. He is striking the ball well."
Walsh started practice by hitting 5 of 7 attempts from distances inside 50 yards, missing two consecutive kicks from about 40 yards out. But when they meant more to the team – with a chance to end practice – he showed off his leg. Without the breeze, his first attempt would have been good. He kicked his second try a little lower and had enough to get it over the crossbar.
"He came back and boomed it when he had to, with the pressure on and his teammates giving him a hard time. It was good to see him bounce back," head coach Leslie Frazier said.
WILLIAMS STILL PERFORMING
After spending the first two games of the 2011 season suspended with delayed discipline from the StarCaps case, defensive tackle Kevin Williams went the next seven games never registering more three tackles in a game and going without a sack.
Then came a game against the Oakland Raiders in which Williams let it be known his career wasn't done yet. He registered 12 tackles, including three for a loss, forced a fumble and had his first sack of the season. That was on Nov. 20, so it was no wonder that defensive coordinator Alan Williams said Kevin Williams was better in the second half of the season after reviewing film of his play.
"Kevin was probably better at the end of the season than he was at the beginning. I think he's left off at that point, where he is playing at a high level," said Alan Williams, in his first year coaching with the Vikings. "I looked at every ballgame that he played in last year. Really, I looked at all the ball games. So I'm pleased with what we are getting from Kevin. We're getting a guy that is playing at a high level and a guy with leadership. Really, I'm not surprised. That's what they said I would get."
At 31 years old, Williams is entering his 10th NFL season. He ended the 2011 season with 57 tackles, 14 for a loss, five sacks and 24 quarterback hurries.
"You're always hopeful. You just hope that it works out," Frazier said. "For a rookie to have that type of injury, you just hate to see it happen. Myself and others are just hoping for the best."
Frazier said there was no other damage found in Childs' knee beyond the ruptured patellar tendons.
Childs cleared injury waivers and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
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