The Second Time Around

The Vikings have tried to address their woeful special teams play for the last couple of years and, despite missing out on Mike Nugent this April, the kicking game may be a second chance for two guys the Vikings once coveted.

If the Vikings had their way, their kicking game would have been much different than the carousel we've seen at punter and kicker over the past few years.

The team came to learn to hate the decisions they made concerning Mitch Berger and Gary Anderson, but, when the regular season kicks off in less than three months, the team may very well have special teamers that they tried to land earlier but failed.

When Travis Dorsch was available on draft day, new coach Mike Tice told VU that the team was going to grab him with their next pick if he was available. Instead, the Bengals jumped on Dorsch and he didn't end up in purple.

The same was true two years ago when the Vikings signed Paul Edinger to a big-money offer sheet. The intent was to end their kicking woes with him, but the Bears matched the offer.

In both cases the teams that prevented the Vikings from getting the guy they wanted fell out of love with them within about two years. Which means not only could Edinger and Dorsch end up on the Vikings roster this fall, but, under that same trend, second-rounder Mike Nugent could be on the roster by 2007.

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