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Vikings kicker, punter accept competition late in training camp

Updated: August 13, 2019 11:53 PM

Just as training camp is winding down, the Vikings shook up the special teams battery releasing veteran long-snapper Kevin McDermott and signing former Ravens kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik.

The move creates competition for the incumbents - kicker Dan Bailey and punter Matt Wile - but both appear to be handling it well.

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"That's just the nature of this league," Bailey said after Tuesday's practice sessions. "You're always competing for a spot whether someone is physically here or not. There's no need for panic on this end, just a matter of getting the whole operation going in a good rhythm."

Bailey cited the binary nature of being an NFL kicker as a reason he can't be concerned with what a competitor for his job might be doing.

"It's very cut and dry," he said. "It either goes in or it doesn't, which is good. I like that, I try to keep a high standard for myself.  You just keep raising the bar and trying to match it."

WIle echoed Bailey's matter-of-fact reception of the news the team had signed a competing punter.

"That's part of the NFL," Wile said. "I've always had competition."

"There are only 32 of us so it's an unlikelihood that more people are never going to try to do it."

The Vikings have their final training camp sessions of the season Thursday and Friday.

They host Seattle in their second preseason game on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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