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Twin Cities media for the first time"Shortly after his selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft Cheap Marcus Epps Jersey , Colorado State wide receiver Olabisi Johnson got an opportunity to host a conference call with the Twin Cities media. Thanks to the good folks at the Minnesota Vikings’ PR department, we have a transcript of that call that we want to share with all of you. Enjoy!I am so thankful to just be a part of the Vikings. It’s a great opportunity for me and I am just ready to contribute any way I can.Q: Can you tell us about your draft day?A: It was stressful, to put it lightly. I was sitting here with my family, my dad, my mom and their spouses and a few of my friends. It was getting to the end of it and we are talking about free agency and all that. I’m like, “I swear I need to get drafted. I believe somebody should take an opportunity on me.” I’m talking to the Vikings and they’re like, “Are you ready to be a Minnesota Viking?” I was like, “Oh my gosh, yes. I am so excited.”Q: What did you learn from playing with Michael Gallup and Rashard Higgins?A: That was an incredible opportunity for me. I think we complemented each other well, specifically Gallop and myself, Preston [Williams] and I, just because some of the things they do are different than mine and I can definitely learn from them. Coming in as a freshman, having Rashard there was a really great opportunity for me to grow up as a football player, which I definitely needed, turned me into the player I am now.Q: Do you feel you have enough burst to help the offense be more explosive?A: Absolutely. All of the weapons on the team, plus me, could definitely spread the field out and I can get vertical anytime you want me to. I’m down for that.Q: How familiar are you with the Vikings wide receiver situation and are you comfortable competing for that third job?A: There’s always an opportunity to snatch that number three job, whether I am a rookie or it’s one of the other guys. I know you have [Laquon] Treadwell and guys like that but it’s going to be fun to compete. That is what it takes to be an athlete. That is what I love about the game is there is always competition. Guys will make you compete and guys will make you better as a player. That is what is going to be the huge change for me going from college to NFL is just how much guys know and how much they can teach me. I am just going to get under somebody’s wing and learn from them.Q: Do you have your eyes set on any personal goal in the NFL?A: Mine is just to get on the field and contribute any way I can, if that is special teams Marcus Epps Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , the number three receiver, whatever it is. I want to return punts and I want to do it all. Wherever I can help, I am here for it.Q: How would you describe yourself and your skillset?A: I am a finesse guy in my routes. I take pride in my routes. I think that is what I do best, for sure. Whether it is in and out of breaks, double moves, I am a route technician. That is how I separate myself from defenders and things like that. I have the speed for sure. I am not a crazy track star but I am definitely a guy who can get some separation and just make a play. I am a very reliable guy and I am going to continue that in the NFL.Q: Do you have any off the field interests?A: I love shopping. I would be down to somehow get involved with that, maybe some apparel stuff. I love hanging out with kids and inspiring the youth. I feel like where my family has come from and everything, especially from Nigeria, you see a lot of poverty and things like that. Just in the position I am as an athlete, I can inspire a lot of younger people, whether it is younger or older. I am just here for whatever. I would love to get involved in the community for sure.Q: Had your family turned into much of a football family as you’ve played?A: I wouldn’t say they’ve completely turned into a football family. I still have my grandma on me sometimes thinking football is too dangerous. She definitely has learned to understand the game a little better now. My parents are all on board with me playing football. I am hoping to turn it all around. I am hoping to start a generation of football players in my family. What role will the new guy fill for the Vikings?" Minnesota Vikings 2019 SeasonMinnesota Vikings Training Camp 2019Kaare Vedvik:Kicker/Punter Extraordinaire, or What?New,176commentsWhat role will the new guy fill for the Vikings?CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Kaare Vedvik:Kicker/Punter Extraordinaire, or What?TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesThe Vikings spent another 5th round pick on a kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik, something they did last year in acquiring Daniel Carlson, and back in 2013 to acquire punter Jeff Locke.Neither turned out that well, but in fairness to Carlson, he was excellent after moving to Oakland.Kaare VedvikBorn in Norway, Vedvik played soccer and didn’t get into American football until he was exposed to it as an exchange student in the US.Presumably he picked up on what a lucrative career path punting or kicking can be in the NFL - 6 or 7 figure salary for only a handful of plays each game - and decided to pursue the American dream.He worked at it Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched , went to kicking camps, learned on YouTube, and after making a 70 yarder at a kicking camp, got a scholarship offer from Marshall University - Randy Moss’ alma mater.He wasn’t all that good in college- he made only 62.5% of his field goals (10/16), 97.6% of his extra points (41/42), and had a 41.8 yard punting average while at Marshall.Nevertheless, he was picked up by the Ravens as a UDFA last year, despite the Ravens having the best kicker in the league - Justin Tucker - under contract.Vedvik improved as a Raven, bumping his gross punting average to 46.8 yards in 2018 preseason action, with an average 4.27” hang time.He had 8 punts inside the 20, and one blocked in 19 attempts.As a kicker, he went 8/9 and made all of his extra point attempts (2/2).The only field goal missed was from 54 yards.In kickoffs, his average kick depth was 3.8 yards deep in the end zone, and half of his 24 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.But shortly before the regular season, Vedvik got jumped in east Baltimore, getting beaten up so badly (head injuries, shock trauma) the Ravens had to put him on IR, ending his season.He came back this off-season with the Ravens, struggling early in the off-season program apparently with some longer kicks Marcus Epps Jersey nfl draft , but turning in an excellent comeback game this past week, going 4-4 in field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder, and averaging a whopping 55.5 yards punting on two punts.The Ravens made it clear early in the off-season that they were showcasing Vedvik in order to trade him, and his results in his first preseason game back drew interest from four teams, apparently, including the Vikings and Bears.The Ravens have a history of developing good kickers.They have the best in the league in Justin Tucker, and Will Lutz, Graham Gano, and Stephen Hauschka all started their careers in Baltimore.Apparently the Ravens recently retired special teams coach had a good eye for talent, and his assistant Randy Brown for developing it.Daniel Carlson v2.0 ?Looking at Tucker, Lutz and Gano - three of the best kickers in the league last season - Vedvik looks to have a pretty good pedigree coming out of Baltimore, where he made 90% of his kicks in practice this year.But the fact remains:Vedvik hasn’t played in an NFL regular season game yet, and has only a small sample of preseason games to evaluate.There was no question the Ravens had him on the trade block, and after his last preseason performance, they couldn’t have asked for a better situation to start the bidding.A 5th round pick was about the best compensation the Ravens could reasonably hope for.If he turns out to be a franchise kicker for the Vikings for the next ten years, he’d be well worth it.But if he gets the yips this month, then what?Another 5th rounder down the drain like Daniel Carlson - who went on to be one of the most accurate kickers in the league last year, post-Vikings ?On the other hand Youth Marcus Epps Jersey , you can’t blame the Vikings for bringing him in, for two reasons:1)Dan Bailey has been averaging around 75% on field goals in OTAs and training camp, and I don’t think many (or any) have been from beyond 50 yards.2)Vedvik’s kickoffs are about five yards longer than Bailey’s, which could produce more touchbacks and/or worse starting field position for opponents.Those reasons are basically the same as those for drafting Carlson last year, only Forbath was a little more accurate.Mike Zimmer said he liked Dan Bailey, and didn’t know about the trade for Vedvik in his press conference today, which was a bit strange.We’ll see how he takes to Vedvik.Spending a 5th round pick on him means he makes the team and Bailey doesn’t, but who knows how long a leash Zimmer gives him.Kicker AND Punter ?The other question about Vedvik, is whether he is given the dual role of punter and kicker.Vedvik doesn’t have much of an advantage on Matt Wile in terms of punt length and hang time, but Zimmer did express some mild criticism of Wile in directional punting and not getting a punt on Friday further inside the 20.It would seem a bit risky, from an injury standpoint, to have only one guy on the roster as both punter and kicker, so perhaps they keep Wile (who’s also the holder), and maintain Vedvik as a backup punter if Wile goes down or fails to perform.It will be interesting to see how many reps Vedvik gets in each role next Sunday against Seattle.Commitment Bottom line, if the Vikings are going to continue to spend draft picks on special team specialists - they’ve now spent two fifth-rounders and a 7th rounder on two kickers and a long-snapper in the past year - they’ve (Mike Zimmer) has to show some commitment to keeping and developing them. That means if Vedvik misses three kicks week two against the Packers, the Vikings have to stay with him.If he’s good enough to spend a fifth round pick on, he’s good enough to stick with after a bad game.

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