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Vikings Cut Kai Forbath

The Vikings kicking battle has come to an end

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Tanishka Mhaskar
August 21st, 2018

On Monday morning, the Minnesota Vikings made some roster changes, including the release of veteran kicker Kai Forbath. This move comes a couple days after Forbath missed a 41 yard field goal vs the Jaguars.

5th round pick K Daniel Carlson is now the undisputed kicker for the Vikings. Carlson hasn't missed a single kick in his short NFL tenure. During the first Vikings preseason game vs the Denver Broncos, Carlson hit all of his kicks, including an impressive 57 yard field goal.

Head coach Mike Zimmer has been highly impressed with Carlson. "He's got a pretty strong leg. Kickoffs were really good. Pretty accurate on the field goals."

It will be intriguing to see how Carlson handles the pressure in the NFL, which is the biggest stage he's ever played on. Luckily Carlson seems like he knows just what to do. “There are certain mental things and training techniques with breathing and different things you kind of learn over experience and feeding off other kickers and see what works for them,” Carlson said earlier this month. “Just not get overwhelmed in the big moments and make sure you’re able to perform at your best and make sure you’re in control and not letting the adrenaline take over. Saying a quick prayer goes a long way for me. You treat every kick the same, whether it’s out here at practice or in a playoff game or the game’s on the line. Whatever it is, you’re just trying to compose yourself and do your technique and what you’ve done a million times.”

Zimmer is also happy with the way Carlson has handled pressure and how calm he manages to remain. “He’s been pretty calm all along. Time will tell on that. It was nice seeing him in Denver, going out and kick those. It will be a little bit different when we’re playing San Francisco, I’m sure."

The Vikings have made their decision on kicker, which bring us one step closer to the final 53 man roster. We'll see how it goes.

"You make your decision and live with it," Zimmer.