The Vikings added competition for punter Chris Kluwe in Round Five, selecting UCLA’s Jeff Locke with the No. 155 pick. Locke averaged 43.3 yards on 77 punts in 2012, forcing 36 fair catches and having 34 attempts downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard-line. Moreover, he was exceptional on kickoffs, with 68 touchbacks in 89 attempts. In a text message to PFT’s Mike Florio Saturday, Kluwe indicated he welcomed the challenge. “I’m looking forward to competing for the Vikings’ punting job, as I would love to spend my entire career here, and as the best punter in Vikings history I’m enjoying the chance to show what I can do,” Kluwe said. Kluwe posted a 39.7-yard net average on 72 punts in 2012, his best net average since entering the NFL in 2005. Like Locke, he is a UCLA product. Off the field, Kluwe is known for his social activism and his social media presence; he has more than 167,000 Twitter followers. Late last season, after Kluwe was fined for putting a message on his jersey supporting Ray Guy’s Hall of Fame candidacy, Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer showed his irritation.
Chris Kluwe “looking forward” to Vikings’ punter competition
Pro Football Talk | Apr 27