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Minnesota Vikings bring in veteran punter competition

The Minnesota Vikings will provide Taylor Symmank with veteran competition at punter.

The Minnesota Vikings announced the signing of punter Ryan Quigley, who has been with three teams around the NFL since 2012.

Quigley started his career with the Chicago Bears as a rookie free agent in 2012 but didn’t play in any games. He spent the next three years with the New York Jets, where he played in 45 games, punting 72 or more times per season and averaged more than 43 yards per punt in each of those three seasons.

Last year, Quigley averaged 41.6 yards per punt in six games for the Arizona Cardinals.

For his career, Quigley has a 44.6-yard average and a 38.9-yard net average, but he has had one punt blocked in each season he has played and had two returned for touchdowns in 2015.

Quigley was Boston College’s all-time leader in career punts (284) for 11,418 yards.

As of now, he will offer competition for Taylor Symmank, who was at the Vikings’ rookie minicamp in 2016, but the team elected to allow Jeff Locke to enter 2016 offseason practices unopposed. Locke signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent in March.

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