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LAVike
09-21-2004, 03:57 PM
Not sure if this topic has been posted before, but after watching kickoffs yesterday, it sure as hell is pertinent . . .

What about drafting Rhys Lloyd, the Gopher's kicker/punter, next year? He's got a great leg. When I watched the game against Colorado State, he nearly booted a kickoff into the stands. Now, grant it kickoffs are a little deeper in the NFL, he still consistently drives the ball deep. He's also good from 50+. He's clutch: kicked the game winner against Wisconsin last year. Not to mention, his dual threat as a punter. Theoretically, we could open a roster spot with him on the team (1 player for two spots, instead of 3 players for 2 spots like we have now). Of course, people are going to say that he's not that great of a punter, or whatever. But his unorthodox style completely fools defenses. He faked twice in one game and ran for first downs . . . the kid's actually got some moves on him too--shook a couple of tackles in the process. He's been booming his punts further than Darren Bennett.

Think about the possibilities. I know it's dreaming a little, but it's not that far-fetched. We've got two old guys getting us by right now . . . why not replace them next year with the Bad Brit from Dover?

SKOL
09-21-2004, 04:07 PM
This guy's a rugby player, right? I've only seen highlights, but he does look pretty good. He lives to run the ball, and see contact, on fake punts, LOL. It gets him pumped up.

VKG4LFE
09-21-2004, 04:18 PM
I don't think we should draft him unless it is the 7th round. But going after him as a FA rookie would be a great idea!

packmanxxxi
09-21-2004, 05:05 PM
Hmmmm.... ironic you are talking about this after ripping th ePackers for drafting a punter/kicker this year... did it work out? Not yet.. but not such a bad idea now is it?

whackthepack
09-21-2004, 05:16 PM
Punter in the 3rd round Packman is crazy.

VKG4LFE
09-21-2004, 05:17 PM
Hey packman, how many punts does that 3rd rounder have this year? Case closed!

cajunvike
09-21-2004, 11:37 PM
The Vikes had a punter who did kickoffs, remember. Then he got too expensive and was let go. All of a sudden, the Vikes had a kicker who couldn't do kickoffs and were left with no alternative but to get rid of him too. Back to square one. The best solution is to find a kicker that can both kick off and make field goals, and leave the punting to the punter. DB is a good enough punter, so the Vikes should just go out and find a kicker who can do both kickoffs and field goals. Seems simple to me.