It was snowing on Jeff Locke's first day as a member of the Vikings, and it became clear quickly the punter wasn't going to be able to get any work done outside. So the fifth-round draft pick and special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer took a road trip. Locke spent the morning working out at the Metrodome with Priefer on Friday, May 3, punting in the stadium before returning to Winter Park to practice holding for field goals and extra points on the first day of the Vikings' rookie camp. "It went really well," Locke said. "It was cool to see it for the first time, and I thought I punted really well today." The UCLA product is the highest-drafted punter in Vikings history, and he very well could replace veteran Chris Kluwe, possibly in the next few days. It wouldn't be an unprecedented move. When the Vikings drafted kicker Blair Walsh last year, they cut veteran Ryan Longwell the day after their rookie camp ended. Kluwe, who has become well-known around the country due to his advocacy for same-sex marriage, posted a career-high net average of 39.7 yards per punt last year. But that was only the 17th-best in the league, and Kluwe ranked 31st in the league after pinning just 18 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Rookie punter Jeff Locke's first day 'went really well'
St. Paul Pioneer Press | May 4