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Vikings Sign Kicker Greg Joseph to Roster


EAGAN, Minn. — It appears the Vikings will have a kicking competition this offseason.

Minnesota has signed kicker Greg Joseph, the team announced Thursday, bringing the total number of kickers on the roster to two.

Dan Bailey, who joined Minnesota in 2018, remains on the Vikings roster from the end of the 2020 season.

Joseph did not attempt a kick in 2020, as he spent the season on Tampa Bay's practice squad. He transitoned from celebrating the Buccaneers win in Super Bowl LV Sunday to signing with the Vikings in a span of a few days.

Joseph played in 14 games with Cleveland in 2018. He made 17 of his 20 field goals, with a long of 51 yards, and hit 25 of 29 extra points. He also kicked off 69 times with the Browns that season, recording 47 touchbacks.

He will see a familiar face from that season in Minnesota, as Vikings punter Britton Colquitt was with Cleveland in 2018. He was Joseph's holder on field goals and extra points.

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Joseph appeared in two games with the Titans in 2019 but did not attempt a field goal and made all nine of his extra point tries. Joseph has made 17 of 20 career field goals (85 percent), and 34 of 38 extra points (89.5 percent).

The 26-year-old was born in South Africa and played collegiately for four seasons at Florida Atlantic. He made 57 of 82 field goals (69.5 percent), with a long of 54 yards, and hit 165 of 170 extra points for the Owls.

Joseph's signing means there will likely be a kicking competition in training camp. Bailey is historically one of the league's must accurate kickers but struggled in the final month of the 2020 season, including Minnesota's visit to Tampa Bay in December when he missed three field goals and an extra point.

Newly promoted Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Ryan Ficken said Tuesday that he is confident in Bailey, but also added the organization is always looking to add competition to the roster.

"Dan's a true professional. I rely on him and a lot of things he's done. His résumé speaks for itself," Ficken said. "I think Dan has got the opportunity — he's here on this team — I think he's got the opportunity to have great success here in the future and I'm looking forward to that opportunity, but it's somewhat difficult at times to go ahead and work through some of those challenges. He's such a pro's pro in the way he approaches this game that there's no one else you'd rather have on a team to go through this battle with.

"In terms of competition, we're always looking for competition. It doesn't matter if you're bringing in a backup quarterback to compete for the quarterback job or wide receivers or running backs," Ficken said. "That's the honest truth. You're always looking to sharpen our team, to bring in the best talent out there that's available and find out who can actually help us win these football games down the road."

Bailey missed one extra point and two field goals in the first 11 games of the season, but he hit a slump in the final five games with 10 total missed kicks (five field goals and five extra points) in Minnesota's final five games.

Bailey made 15 of 22 field goals (68.2 percent) and 37 of 43 extra points (86.0 percent) in 2020. He also had 53 touchbacks on 83 kickoffs (63.9 percent).

Minnesota also ranked 32nd in overall field goal percentage at 68.18 and was the only team below 70 percent around the league in 2020.