The Vikings signed Rhys Lloyd this offseason -- and guaranteed him $200,000 -- with the idea that he would be their kickoff specialist this season.
Ultimately, the Vikings felt they couldn’t devote a roster spot for a second kicker. Lloyd, the former Gopher, was placed on waivers as the Vikings trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday. Lloyd said team officials indicated they possibly could re-sign him if he clears waivers, but that seems unlikely.
“I felt like they were sincere in telling me they want me back,” Lloyd said. “They kind of told me to stick around because they were going to try and get me back here pretty soon.”
The decision to waive Lloyd wasn’t that surprising considering the Vikings have pressing needs at other positions because of injuries and his own performance in the preseason. Lloyd did not record a touchback in his first 10 kickoffs and apologized on twitter after struggling against Seattle in the third game. He finished with a strong showing against Denver by putting five of six kickoffs in the end zone with two touchbacks.
“I think it is one of those things where I went out there really just to prove to myself that I corrected things in a week,” he said. “Obviously the Seattle game I didn’t perform great. I just wanted to make it right by doing it [against Denver] and putting my stamp on what I can do.”
Lloyd acknowledged, however, that being a kickoff specialist will always bring uncertainty. Teams have a hard time justifying using that extra roster spot when making their final cuts.
“For example, Minnesota right now with the problems they’re having as far as getting their roster sorted out with the injuries and trying to make up the numbers,” he said. “I’m always going to be one of the first guys on the list just purely because unfortunately right now they don’t have the luxury of having a spot for me. It’s one of those things where every year I’m kind of on that chopping block so to speak, regardless of whether I perform well or not. It’s always going to be a question mark until the first practice.”
More from Star Tribune
More from Access Vikings
Team opens at St. Louis on Oct. 13; home opener is two days later against Winnipeg.
The Vikings have the 23rd overall pick in the April draft.
Coach Zimmer remains convinced Bridgewater will start against the Raiders
The Vikings have mentioned in their pregame literature that fans will be directed to Williams, Mariucci or Ridder Arenas in case a storm disrupts the game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Vikings open preseason against the Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium.
Recommended For You
The Vikings released the statement after the quarterback left Winter Park by ambulance. Asked earlier if Bridgewater would play again this season, coach Mike Zimmer said, "It doesn't look good right now."
Here's a quick look at the Vikings’ quarterback situation, under the assumption — and it is only an assumption — that Bridgewater is out of action for a while.
The extra funds are part of a last-minute funding patch intended to keep the controversial $1.9 billion project afloat.
That is, if she ever has another news conference.
The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.