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Vikings punter Jeff Locke still seeking consistency

There will be competition at long snapper during training camp next month as Cullen Loeffler and Kevin McDermott battle for the starting job. The Vikings opted not to bring in another punter to compete with Jeff Locke, however.

Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer after the season did not recommend bringing in another punter and kicker to compete with Locke and Blair Walsh. Specifically with Locke, who will enter his third season, Priefer said Locke’s confident did not play a factor into the decision of sticking with one punter.

“He’s a pretty mentally tough kid,” Priefer said. “I don’t think he would have a problem with it, but I just didn’t think it was necessary at this time.”

Locke, 25, lacked consistently again last year. He finished 21st with a net average of 38.7 yards on 75 punts and his touchbacks increased from three to six last year. It was the first season the Vikings played outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium, and Locke fared slightly better on the road (39.9 net yards average) than he did at home (37.4 net yards average).

“We can talk about weather until we are blue in the face, it doesn’t matter,” Priefer said. “The opposing team’s kicking in the same weather and we were out punted a few times last year where I felt like we had the better punter. So punting’s got to improve, the snapping needs to improve. Some areas of protection we need to improve on. Coverage was really good last year; we just need to be more consistent. We do it all the time, not four out of five reps, but every rep.”

The Vikings could always bring in a punter in the event something changes during training, but it appears Locke will have the opportunity to find consistency without worrying about his starting job. We’ll see if he improves in Year 3.

Vikings CB Robinson apologizes for tweets

Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson issued an apology Friday night for his comments earlier in the day that were critical of the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

"I apologize for any offense my tweets may have caused," Robison wrote in a text message. "In an attempt to express my beliefs, I created some confusion with my choice of words, and for that I apologize. I do not equate the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality with other social issues. There are obvious differences. However, I do believe that God’s laws will always supersede man’s laws. This belief is not from hate for anyone but from a love for my God and all those he created. Again, I’m sorry!"

Robinson (@JROB_2one) expressed his disapproval of the ruling in a series of tweets that have since been deleted.


Robinson made his Twitter account private Friday afternoon and posted a few more tweets on the matter afterwards.

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Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (MrInkredibleXII) also sent a tweet but with a difference stance than Robinson.

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