Blair Walsh was 41st in the preseason in field goal percentage, hitting only 5 of 11 attempts, but there won’t be competition brought in for him after his missed a 44-yard attempt on Monday night.
“No. I’m bringing in consideration for him to pull out of this thing and kick like he’s capable of kicking,” head coach Mike Zimmer said.
Walsh signed a four-year, $13 million contract extension at the start of training camp with $3.75 million in guarantees, so releasing him anytime soon isn’t likely.
Zimmer said Walsh connected on 28 of 28 field goals in practice last week, but “didn’t’ kick very good in pregame.”
“He’s got to carry it to the game,” Zimmer said. “Yeah, and it’s worrisome.”
After Walsh missed the 44-yard attempt on the Vikings’ opening drive, the Vikings had another opportunity to use him later in the first quarter. They were facing fourth-and-3 from the 31-yard line and initially sent Walsh out to attempt what would have been a 48-yard try. But after calling a timeout, Zimmer sent the offense back on the field and they came up a yard short of the first down on a 2-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph.
“I wanted to see how much we got on third down before we did,” Zimmer said about the decision to send the offense back out. “If it was nothing, then I was thinking about punting too.”
PETERSON NOT PATIENT ENOUGH?
Adrian Peterson said last week he knew he had to be patient with his running plays, but he ended up with only 31 yards on 10 carries.
“I don’t think he looked tentative. I think he was aggressive trying to get to the hole and maybe trying to get to it a little bit too fast at times,” Zimmer said.
Most of those substitutions came in passing situations.
“He missed one protection, but he’s been working real hard at it. He’s gotten a lot better, in my opinion, than what he was,” Zimmer said. “I mean, the one blitz that they run – the one that they sacked Teddy (Bridgewater) at about the 2-yard line – they see that exact same blitz every day in practice, so I’m like, ‘Come on!’ How does that happen? They see that blitz every single day in practice and we probably run it better. But we didn’t touch two guys, so that’s when I say, ‘I don’t even know who this team is.’”
- The Vikings ran 56 plays on offense, with all five starting offensive linemen going the distance. At wide receiver, Charles Johnson was used for 55 snaps, Mike Wallace for 48, Jarius Wright for 34 and Cordarrelle Patterson for two. Kyle Rudolph played 52 snaps, while Rhett Elliso had 22 and rookie MyCole Pruitt only four.
- Defensively, Anthony Barr, Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith were the only players to go all 73 snaps. Terence Newman played 68 snaps and Captain Munnerlyn 15. Andrew Sendejo started and played 53 snaps, but Robert Blanton was in for 20 snaps in the second half.
- At linebacker, Chad Greenway had 63 snaps, Gerald Hodges had 53 and Eric Kendricks had 10.
- The defensive line had a healthy rotation, with no active defensive lineman playing fewer than 17 snaps.